The Top 5 Fields to Find Entry-Level Business Management Jobs

*Editor's Note: This article was originally published on May 1st, 2010. It has since been updated to reflect information relevant to 2013.

Everyone knows that  life’s biggest journeys start with taking the first step, but choosing where to start can often be the most difficult and nerve-racking decision of all.  

Checking out different entry-level business management jobs will help you find the best point from which to launch your career. Understanding where the jobs are and what kinds of opportunities exist can help you pinpoint exactly what you need to get started.  

Entry-Level Business Management Job Fields

To help you jump-start your career in business, we analyzed more than 75,000 job postings* to identify the top fields for entry-level business management jobs.

We also wanted to provide you with a bit more detailed information regarding these fields. Hopefully by learning more about each field, the number of jobs available and common education requirements, you can begin to see what you’ll need to get started in an entry-level business management position. 

    Retail

retail industry

Description: Positions in this field include working at businesses that engage in retail merchandising such as Target or Sears.
Projected field employment growth: 12.3 percent
Common entry-level job titles: event specialist, stock associate, sales manager and logistics manager
Education requirements: Sixty-three percent of jobs openings prefer a candidate with at least an associate degree.

    Finance and insurance

finance industry

Description: Positions in this field include working at businesses that primarily manage various financial transactions such as Wells Fargo, Edward Jones or Progressive Insurance.
Projected field employment growth: 8.9 percent
Common entry-level job titles: personal banker, underwriter, financial analyst and financial consultant
Education requirements: Eighty-seven percent of job openings prefer a candidate with at least an associate degree.

    Heath care and social assistance

healthcare and social assistance industry

Description: Positions in this field include working at establishments that provide health care and social assistance to individuals such as Sutter Health, American Red Cross or Fairview Health Services.
Projected field employment growth: 32.7 percent
Common entry-level job titles: human resources specialist, recruiter, marketing specialist and staffing coordinator
Education requirements: Eighty-seven percent of job openings prefer a candidate with at least an associate degree.

    Professional, scientific and technical services

professional scientific and technical services industry

Description: Positions in this field include working for organizations that specialize in a variety of different areas including accounting, engineering and information technology.
Projected field employment growth: 28.7 percent
Common entry-level job titles: business analyst, marketing analyst, marketing coordinator and project manager
Education requirements: Seventy-four percent of job openings prefer a candidate with at least bachelor’s degree.

    Wholesale

wholesale industry

Description: Positions in this field can be found in a range of businesses that sell and distribute goods to non-end-user such as retailers and other merchants within a variety of different industries such as agriculture, manufacturing or information industries involved with technology.
Projected field employment growth: 13.6 percent
Common entry-level job titles: event specialist, buyer, area sales manager, marketing and associate
Education requirements: Sixty-four percent of job openings prefer a candidate with at least a bachelor’s degree.

The bottom line

There’s plenty to consider when you are trying to decide which entry-level business management jobs you would like to pursue. As you have seen, many of the jobs in these five fields require you to earn some level of post-secondary education in business management or another related field and many employers preferring a bachelor’s degree. Here’s the good news—if you already have an associate’s degree you can earn your business management bachelor’s degree for as little as $9900. So what’s stopping you? Get out there and get started! 

 

Sources:
*Burning-Glass.com (Analysis of business and financial operations and management educational qualifications, 8/7/2012 to 8/7/2013)Industries at a glance, Bureau of Labor Statistics,
http://www.bls.gov/iag/tgs/iag_index_alpha.htm  (August 2013)

Employment projections, industry-occupation matrix data, Bureau of Labor Statistics, http://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_table_109.htm (August 2013)

Grant Tilus

Grant works for Collegis education and writes student-focused articles on behalf of Rasmussen College. He aims to inspire, motivate and inform current and prospective students.

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