What Can I Do With a Business Degree?

If you’re a high school student interested in business, a current business major in college, or a working professional looking to explore your options in the business field, you may have asked, “What kind of job can I get with a business degree?” It’s important to know what the payoff is going to be when committing to a major or career change. Learn about the different fields, career options, and work environments in business.

Career Options for Business Majors

What fields are there in business?

Working in business doesn’t always mean starting your own business or working on Wall Street. There are many different jobs in the business field. Some people who study business have a knack for numbers; others do not. Some are big picture visionaries; others are detail-oriented managers. Business is a broad enough field that you can play on your strengths, gifts, and abilities to succeed in a field of your choosing. Here are some of the most prominent fields in business:

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Consulting
  • Finance
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Human Resources
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Public Relations
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Sales

There are also many areas of business that fall under management:

  • Healthcare management
  • Hospitality management
  • Human resources management
  • Information technology management
  • Project management
  • Risk management
  • Supply chain management


What kind of job can I get?

Out of the hundreds of jobs available in the business field, this is only a sample. Find something that sounds interesting? Do further research to see if it could be the right career for you! Some options may require additional education, certification, and training.

Accounting

While many accounting majors go on to become certified public accountants (CPA), here are a few other job options in the accounting field:

  • Actuary
  • Auditor
  • Budget/ Credit Analyst
  • Financial Controller
  • Loan Counselor/Officer

Business Administration & Entrepreneurship

  • Business Operations Specialist
  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Consultant
  • Franchise Owner/Operator
  • Investor

Finance

  • Commercial Loan Officer
  • Comptroller
  • Cost Estimator
  • Financial Analyst
  • Investment Advisor

Human Resources

  • Benefits and Compensation Manager
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Ombudsman
  • Recruiter/Talent Acquisitions

Management

  • Planning Analyst
  • Property Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Sports Manager
  • Vice President of Operations

Marketing

  • Creative Director
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Promotions Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist

Sales

  • Account Executive
  • Agent/Broker
  • Buyer
  • Sales Representative
  • Securities Agent

Real Estate

  • Appraiser
  • Closing Agent
  • Property Manager
  • Title Examiner
  • Underwriter


Where can I work?

Wondering where you’ll be working? Business majors work in a variety of contexts, from firms and schools to banks and restaurants. Every organization requires people who can communicate effectively, solve problems, and manage people, projects, and the financial budget. Here are some places you may end up working at:

  • Accounting Firms
  • Advertising Agencies
  • Banks/Financial Institutions
  • Consulting/Investment Firms
  • Higher Education Institutions
  • Hospitals and Health Care Organizations
  • Hotels/Motels, Resorts, Clubs
  • Local, State, & Federal Government
  • Restaurants
  • Retail Stores

According to Forbes, 54.3% of business administration and management majors receive a job offer before graduation. That may be one reason why business ranks as one of the most popular college majors every year!

Interested in learning more about the business field or earning a business degree? Feel free to contact an admissions counselor at Cairn University at admissions@cairn or 877.786.2728. We’re here to help!

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