Business Administration Major Career Planning Options
- Business Management
Business Administration encompasses, in a broad sense, the management of people and activities within public and private industry, government, and non-profit organizations. General business administration majors are exposed to a broad overview of business principles and applications, while gaining a diverse foundation in the liberal arts. Through class lectures and case study presentations, students learn how to plan organize, manage, and direct courses of action that allow businesses to function effectively. Visit Rivier’s Business Administration Department for information on degrees and course offerings.
Business Administration Major Skills
|Analytical||Oral & Written Communication|
|Organizational||Numerical Analysis & Interpretation|
|Creative Thinking||Critical Thinking|
|Planning & Budgeting||Decision Making|
|Management (People & Activities)||Time Management|
Career Paths in Business Administration
New business administration graduates have work options that are diverse and dependent upon one’s interests, abilities, work values, academic emphasis, and practical experience in the field. Skills can be developed and applied in specialized areas such as accounting, economics, finance, international business, marketing, human resource management, production/operations management, organizational behavior, and business information systems.
Entry level positions vary depending upon the employer, industry, and type of work activities sought. Advancement to top executive, administrative, and management positions can be enhanced by obtaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or graduate degree in a related field, along with acquiring a history of relevant work experiences. Some companies provide management training programs within their own organizations for employees who demonstrate leadership potential. Job opportunities are currently most prevalent in the service-producing and high tech industries. Those who are willing to continually learn, while updating and expanding their skills, will be most successful. Other key traits for business success include flexibility, adaptability to new environments, knowledge of computer systems, and an emphasis on teamwork and interpersonal communication skills.
Business Administration graduates may work as . . .
(The following are titles from across the industry. Some of these jobs may require education or experience beyond a bachelor’s degree.)
|Budget Analyst||Claims Representative|
|Commercial Underwriter||Contracts Administrator|
|Database Administrator||Financial Analyst|
|Foreign Exchange Trader||Human Resource Personnel|
|Investment Broker||Labor Relations Specialist|
|Licensing Agent||Loan Officer|
|Market Analyst||Marketing Coordinator|
|Media Planner||Payroll Clerk|
|Production Manager||Public Relations Account Manager|
|Purchasing Agent||Recruitment Coordinator|
|Research Associate||Research Analyst|
|Retail Buyer||Sales Associates|
|Sales Manager/Representative||Securities Trader|
|Systems Analysts/IT Consultant||Team Leader|
Business Administration graduates may work at . . .
|Real Estate||Advertising Agencies|
|Banks/Financial Services||Insurance Companies|
|Retail Companies||Educational Institutions|
|Food Service Industry||Hotel Industry|
|Government||High Technology Firms|
|Manufacturing||Public Relations Offices|
|Museums||Health Care Organizations|
|Non-Profit Organizations||Consulting Firms|
|Business & Industry (all phases)|
Ways to Increase Employability
The following suggestions will enhance your leadership skills and workplace qualifications, while promoting networking relationships with fellow professionals:
- Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one’s professional field of interest.
- Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
- Become an active student member of university, community, or professional organizations.
- Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through relevant part-time, full-time, and summer job or internship positions.
- Develop aptitude in computer technology.
- Develop cross-cultural skills for the global market.
- Use every opportunity in and out of the classroom to practice group teamwork skills that will be invaluable in the business world.
Sources of Information on Majors, Careers and Employment in Business Administration
- Rivier University Faculty Advisors, Academic Advisors, & Business Administration Department Resources
- Professionals Working in the Field
- Professional Organizations
- Rivier University Career Development Center Counseling Staff, Website & Office Resources
Professional & Rivier University Organizations related to Business Administration
- American Marketing Association
- American Management Association International
- Business Professionals of America
- National Management Association
Career related websites for Business Administration majors
- Careers in Business Administration (Variety of Career Options and Descriptions from Northern Illinois University)