The field of business administration covers a wide
variety of career choices. From the marketing department
to the sales floor and beyond, graduates of business
administration schools are finding challenging careers
with lots of variety and room for advancement.
Indeed, over the course of many generations, business
administration has been a highly sought after course
of study and degree. Most experts predict that people
will remain attracted to obtaining degrees in business
administration well into the future. The demand for
people with a business administration degree is expected
to continue unabated into the future as well.
In order to find a livable wage in today's competitive
business arena, people are often finding themselves
entering or re-entering a degree program. Business
administration is offered on the certificate, associate's
degree, bachelor's degree, and graduate degree levels.
To find which is right for you, consider where you
would like to be in your career five years from now.
For instance, if you would like a responsible position
in the marketing department of a corporation, a bachelor's
degree with a concentration in marketing may be necessary.
If you would like a more flexible schedule as an administrative
assistant, an associate's or certificate program with
an administrative focus might be more what you're
Of course, the demand for people with a masters in
business administration is intense. This has been
the case for many years. As with the demand for people
with degrees in business administration generally,
the demand for people with a masters in business administration
is also thought to remain steady well into the future.
This particularly is expected to be the case with
the continued expansion in the number and kinds of
businesses that are operating in the high tech arena.
Salary and Benefits
Salary and benefits packages vary according to your
level of responsibility and job performance. For example,
as a marketing department employee, your wages and future
employability would depend largely on how your work
directly affects the income of the company, your reliability,
and whether or not you are in management.
Bank employees with nonsupervisory roles are often
poorly compensated, and many of these workers go for
higher positions within the institution. Competition
for these positions can be intense, and the nod often
goes to those better educated or who have a longer record
of service with the bank.
In sales careers, the compensation is often a commission,
and is largely determined by performance. Experience
in the specific field, coupled with a good track record
(and in some cases a following of loyal customers) are
also good salary indicators.
As you can see, business administration encompasses
many other subfields. To help you choose your focus
within business administration-or to see more detailed
data on a field you are in now-search the Occupational
Outlook Handbook at the Bureau of Labor Statistics website
Of course, there are some other resources available
to you on the Internet and World Wide Web as well when
it comes to exploring the world of the business administration
degree and a subsequent career in that field.