Sometimes taking care of your family means taking care of yourself. Your decision to earn your degree is as much for you as it is for them. This is why you want to choose a career that will not only support your family, but also allow you to enjoy going to work every day.
Considering a degree in business management is a great place to start. It is understandable, though, to have questions: What can you do with a business management degree? What is the outlook for business management jobs? What is an average business management salary?
The answer to that first question isn’t as simple as you might think. It is important to note that a business management degree isn’t only for professionals who desire to supervise a team. There are a variety of careers in business management available to those with this educational background.
7 Business management degree jobs
The good news is that a business management degree isn’t a dead-end road. Earning this credential can lead you down a variety of career paths in today’s corporate world. We identified seven of the most common business management careers available to degree holders.
Check out this video to discover the opportunities:
Business management career facts
1. Sales representative
Projected job growth (2016 – 2026): 6% increase
2016 median annual salary: $60,530*
Job overview: Sales representatives contact new and existing customers, explain product features, answer any questions that customers may have. Some sell directly to consumers, and some to businesses and other organizations.
2. Marketing manager
Projected job growth (2016 – 2026): 9% increase
2016 median annual salary: $127,560*
Job overview: Marketing managers estimate the demand for products and services that an organization, and its competitors, offer. They identify potential markets for the organization’s products and oversee a team that develops strategies to maximize profits.
3. Sales manager
Projected job growth (2016 – 2026): 7% increase
2016 median annual salary: $117,960*
Job overview: Sales managers direct an organization’s sales teams—setting goals, analyzing data, and developing training programs for organizations’ sales representatives.
4. Management analyst
Projected job growth (2016 – 2026): 12% increase
2016 median annual salary: $81,330*
Job overview: Management analysts propose ways to improve an organization’s efficiency. They advise managers on how to make organizations more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues.
5. General and operations manager
Projected job growth (2016 – 2026): 8% increase
2016 median annual salary: $99,310*
Job overview: General and operations managers review performance data to measure productivity or goal achievement and identify areas that may need cost reduction or program improvement.
6. Financial analyst:
Projected job growth (2016 – 2026): 11% increase
2016 median annual salary: $81,760*
Job overview: Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds and other types of investments.
7. Financial manager:
Projected job growth (2016 – 2026): 19% increase
2016 median annual salary: $121,750*
Job overview: Financial managers oversee the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.
Find your career in business management
If you’re looking for an education path that provides a variety of options, a business management degree might be the perfect choice for you. The career outlook, earning potential and job duties are appealing. But what’s more enticing is the fact that you earn your bachelor’s degree in as few as 18 months.**
Start on the path to pursuing your dream job by learning more about the Rasmussen College Business Management program today!
*Salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries and employment conditions in your area may vary.
**Time to complete is dependent on accepted transfer credits and courses completed each quarter.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article was originally published in September 2014. It has since been updated to include information relevant to 2017.
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