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Business Studies: What Can I Do With This Degree?

Accounting

  • Tax planning and compliance
  • Auditing
  • Information systems
  • Management advising services
  • General accounting
  • Public accounting
  • Corporate accounting

Employers

  • Public accounting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Health care industry
  • Service and manufacturing companies
  • Consulting practices
  • Private practice

Information & Strategies

  • Plan on a five year program to meet requirements for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) status.
  • Develop advanced computer skills.
  • Gain related experience through internships.
  • Become familiar with specialized certification programs.
  • Develop mathematical and problem solving abilities, excellent communication skills, the ability to work well with people, a high energy level, and an attention to detail.

Economics

  • Research and forecasting
  • Economic advising
  • Teaching

Employers

  • Financial institutions
  • Trade and labor organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Educational institutions

Information & Strategies

  • Earn a graduate degree for advanced positions.
  • Develop a strong background in math and statistics.
  • Learn to think in theoretical terms and apply knowledge to practical situations.
  • Gain experience through an internship.

Finance

  • Corporate financial management
  • Banking
  • Personal financial planning
  • Real estate
  • Insurance
  • Money management
  • Investment banking

Employers

  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Financial planning agencies
  • Insurance companies
  • Real estate brokers or agencies
  • Government agencies
  • Corporations

Information & Strategies

  • Take additional courses in math, statistics, and accounting to develop strong quantitative skills.
  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Cultivate an eye for detail
  • Gain experience through internships or summer and part-time positions.
  • Join student professional associations in the field of finance.

General Business

  • Management
  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Insurance: sales, claims, and underwriting
  • Banking
  • Human resources

Employers

  • Retail stores
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Insurance companies
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Self-employment

Information & Strategies

  • Gain leadership experience through participation in student organizations.
  • Get hands-on experience in area of interest through part-time and summer jobs or internships.
  • Develop a career direction and convey area of interest to employers.

Management

  • General management
  • Human resources
  • Office systems
  • Operations
  • Production management
  • Quality control

Employers

  • Retail and other service industries
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Government agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Hotels and restaurants
  • Health care industry

Information & Strategies

  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Obtain leadership roles in student organizations.
  • Get related experience in area of interest through internships or part-time and summer jobs.
  • Build competency in statistics and computer systems for operations management.

Marketing

  • Sales
  • Customer relations
  • Purchasing/Procurement
  • Retail
  • Banking
  • Market research
  • Brand/Product management

Employers

  • Profit and nonprofit organizations
  • Product and service organizations
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Print and electronic media
  • Retail industry
  • Consulting firms

Information & Strategies

  • Obtain sales experience through jobs and internships.
  • Develop excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Demonstrate a high energy level.
  • Get leadership experience.
  • Obtain an MBA for most brand management, consulting, and research opportunities.

Statistics

  • Analysis/Research
  • Quality assurance
  • Actuarial science

Employers

  • Government agencies
  • Banks and other financial institutions
  • Health care industry
  • Manufacturers
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Insurance companies

Information & Strategies

  • Acquire advanced knowledge of computers.
  • Take additional courses in accounting, marketing, economics, and finance.
  • Complete a co-op or internship.

Transportation and Logistics

  • Scheduling
  • Physical distribution
  • Planning and regulation
  • Transportation carrier management
  • Materials management
  • Customer service
  • Purchasing
  • Consulting
  • Third party logistics

Employers

  • Motor carrier, railroad, airline, pipeline, and water transportation industries
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Distribution centers
  • Warehouses
  • Public transit systems
  • Government agencies
  • Armed forces
  • Software and consulting firms

Information & Strategies

  • Gain experience through part-time and summer jobs or internships.
  • Develop information technology, analytical, and quantitative skills through courses and work.
  • Participate in leadership of student organizations.
  • Develop decision-making ability.
  • Learn to work well in a team and to work effectively with a wide variety of people.

General Information

  • General business is a broad area that leads to many opportunities. Students should clearly define their goals and seek related experiences to reach those goals.
  • Gaining relevant experience through part-time and summer jobs or internships is critical.
  • Many desirable skills can be developed through participation in and leadership of student organizations.
  • Get involved in professional associations in field of interest.
  • Develop and utilize a personal network of contacts. Once in a position, find a mentor.
  • Consider earning an MBA after gaining work experience to reach the highest levels of business management.
  • Learn to work well in a team and effectively with a wide variety of people.
  • Strong communication skills, including public speaking, are important to achieving success in this field.
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