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A business degree provides you with the analytical, financial and interpersonal skills you need to make valuable contributions to any organization. There are different types of in-demand business degrees, and some better prepare you for jobs in a particular focus area or sector. For example, you can specialize in accounting, marketing or operations to position you for careers in those areas.
Best of all, business graduates are sought-after job candidates. Of the top 10 majors in demand by employers, half included business majors such as accounting, business administration, finance, logistics/supply chain and management information systems, according to a survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE PDF source).
You can choose from a number of business bachelor’s degrees to achieve your personal and career goals.
If you’re looking for a management job that requires a broad business background, a business administration degree can help position you for that role. Business administration is a popular bachelor’s degree because it can prepare you to manage a department within a business or an organization.
It also allows you to specialize in other areas of business. For example, you can earn your bachelor’s degree in business administration and choose to add a concentration.
Some bachelor’s in business administration tracks you can choose from include:
If you already know what area of business interests you most, you might choose to major in that discipline. For example, if you want to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), you may opt for a bachelor’s degree in accounting rather than a bachelor’s degree in business administration with an accounting concentration.
Here are some other popular business bachelor’s degrees that lead to rewarding careers:
No matter what business degree you choose, you’ll be well-positioned for a job. The National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2022 report shows that recruiters plan to hire 26.6% more graduates from the class of May 2022 than they did the previous year.
Below is a diverse list of bachelor’s degree business jobs by area of specialization.
Accounting encompasses more than recording numbers and managing balance sheets. It requires accurately reporting on an organization’s financial activities and making sense of those numbers.
Here are some jobs you can get with a degree in accounting or a business administration degree with a concentration in accounting:
Discover what else, besides accounting, you can do with an accounting degree.
Finance professionals interpret data with an eye toward planning for an organization’s financial future. They analyze budgets and investments to help organizations protect their assets and grow. If you want to become a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, you might consider getting your bachelor’s degree in finance. At Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), for example, the finance degree includes a financial planning concentration that prepares you for the CFP® exam.
Here are some jobs you can get with a degree in finance or a degree in business administration with a concentration in finance:
People are the lifeblood of any organization. By maximizing your organization’s human capital, you can help increase productivity and revenue for your business. At the same time, you can shape corporate culture and help employees grow their careers.
Here are some HR jobs you can get with a degree in business administration with a concentration in human resource management:
A blend of business, art and science, marketing requires professionals who can build brands, plan marketing campaigns and analyze campaign results. Marketing also manages the positioning, pricing and promotion of products and services.
Here are some jobs you can get with a degree in marketing or a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing:
Learn how to position yourself for entry-level marketing jobs.
Business managers and administrators are responsible for a business’s day-to-day operations, including its logistics, personnel and profitability. Some qualities of a good leader in management include excellent analytical, interpersonal and decision-making skills.
Here are some jobs you can get with a degree in business administration:
Technology forms the backbone of most organizations. Management information systems professionals analyze the needs of a company, its employees and its customers in relation to information management, data processing and applications for end-users.
With a degree in information systems or a business administration degree with a concentration in management information systems, you could be well-equipped to serve as an:
From supply chain to inventory management, businesses need solid operations professionals to get products and services to their customers.
Here are some jobs you can get with a degree in operations management or a business administration degree with a concentration in project management:
According to BLS, the median annual salary for business and financial occupations was $76,570 in 2021, which was considerably higher than $45,760, the median for all occupations. For each of these jobs, a bachelor’s degree is preferred, BLS reports.
Depending on your role, you could earn much more than the median salary. For example, information systems managers who held business jobs focused on planning and directing technology activities for an organization earned a median of $159,010 in 2021, according to BLS. What you ultimately earn will depend on your level of experience, specialization and the sector in which you choose to work.
No matter what type of business degree you choose, getting a bachelor’s degree can boost your earning power. In 2021, those with a bachelor’s degree earned a median weekly salary of $1,334, whereas individuals with a high school diploma only earned $890 per week, according to BLS. So, having a bachelor’s degree can make a major impact on your earnings over the span of your lifetime.
For Camellia Varnado ’20, earning her bachelor’s in business administration helped her land a new job. “I felt outstanding when I got the promotion,” said Varnado. “I was like, ‘oh, it paid off.'”
She now works as a defense contractor’s human resources (HR) coordinator and she benefits from knowledge gained from her degree program within her career. Varnado said she’s incorporating these new skills to train employees and organize projects at work.
No matter what business job you decide to pursue, a bachelor’s degree can pay off personally and financially. By reflecting on your interests, background and career goals, you can determine which business degree — and job — is right for you.
A degree can change your life. Find the SNHU business program that can best help you meet your goals.
Krysten Godfrey Maddocks ’11 is a writer and marketing/communication professional. Connect with her on LinkedIn.
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