Management: What Can I Do With This Degree?



  • Business and industry, including banks and financial institutions, retail stores, restaurants, hotels, service providers, and healthcare organizations
  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Self-employed

Information & Strategies

  • Be prepared to start in entry-level management trainee positions.
  • Gain experience through internships or jobs.
  • Work at a retail store or restaurant, and advance into an assistant manager position.
  • Get involved in student organizations and assume leadership roles.
  • Demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit, a strong work ethic, integrity, and a sense of independence.
  • Take courses in a secondary specialty such as marketing or information systems to increase job opportunities.
  • Learn to work well on a team.

Human Resource Management

  • Recruiting/Staffing
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Training
  • Safety
  • Employee Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • Equal Employment Opportunity


  • Large corporate entities
  • Service industry
  • Hospitals and healthcare organizations
  • Universities
  • Temporary or staffing agencies
  • Executive search firms
  • Local, state, and federal government
  • Labor unions

Information & Strategies

  • Take courses in the social sciences such as psychology and sociology.
  • Gain relevant experience through internships.
  • Develop strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Learn to solve problems creatively.
  • Develop strong computer skills because many human resource systems are automated.
  • Join the Society of Human Resource Management and other related professional associations.
  • Be prepared for continuous learning once in the profession.
  • Earn a master's degree for career advancement.

Operations Management

Operations research analysis:
  • Business strategy
  • Facilities layout
  • Inventory control
  • Personnel scheduling
Production management:
  • Line supervision
  • Manufacturing management
  • Production planning
  • Quality assurance
Materials management:
  • Purchasing/buying
  • Traffic management
  • Inventory management


  • Manufacturers
  • Industrial organizations
  • Service organizations

Information & Strategies

  • Develop strong analytical skills and a logical approach to problem solving.
  • Take additional courses in statistics and computer systems. This is a more technical side of business.
  • Learn to manage multiple situations and problems.
  • Be able to communicate with different types of people in various functional areas.
  • Earn an MBA to reach the highest levels of operations management.


  • Industrial sales
  • Consumer product sales
  • Financial services sales
  • Services sales
  • Advertising sales


  • Profit and nonprofit organizations
  • Product and service organizations
  • Manufacturers
  • Financial companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Print and electronic media

Information & Strategies

  • Obtain experience through internships or sales jobs.
  • Must be highly motivated and well organized.
  • Proven leadership abilities are desirable.
  • Develop a strong commitment to customer satisfaction.


  • Commercial banking
  • Retail/Consumer banking
  • Credit analysis
  • Lending
  • Trust services
  • Mortgage loans
  • Branch management
  • Operations


  • Banks
  • Credit unions
  • Savings and loan associations
  • Financial services institutions
  • Federal Reserve banks

Information & Strategies

  • Develop a solid background in business including marketing and accounting.
  • Get experience through part-time, summer, or internship positions in a bank.
  • Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills in order to work well with a diverse clientele.


  • Claims
  • Underwriting
  • Risk management
  • Sales
  • Loss control


  • Insurance firms
  • Banks

Information & Strategies

  • Complete an internship with an insurance agency.
  • Talk to professionals in the industry to learn more about claims, underwriting, and risk management. Many good entry-level positions exist in these areas.
  • Initiative and sales ability are necessary to be a successful agent or broker.
  • Develop strong communication skills as many positions require interaction with others and the ability to explain information clearly and concisely.

Real Estate

  • Residential brokerage
  • Commercial sales
  • Appraisals
  • Property management


  • Real estate brokers
  • Banks
  • Appraisal firms
  • Apartment and condominium complexes
  • Developers

Information & Strategies

  • Obtain sales experience through part-time, summer, or internship positions.
  • Research the process of becoming a real estate broker through the National Association of Realtors.
  • Develop an entrepreneurial spirit.
  • Research apprenticeships in appraisal.

General Information

  • Management is a broad business degree that can lead to many career opportunities. Students should clearly define their career goals and seek related experiences to reach those goals.
  • Gaining 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.
  • 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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