Management

Management

What can I do with this major?

Area

Employer

Information/Strategies


Area:

Management

Sub-Area:
    Employers:
    • Business and industry including:
      • Banks and financial institutions
      • Retail stores
      • Restaurants
      • Hotels
      • Service providers
      • Healthcare organizations
    • Local, state, and federal government
    • Nonprofit organizations
    • Self-employed
    Strategies & Information:
    • Be prepared to start in entry-level management trainee positions.
    • Gain experience through internships or summer and part-time jobs.
    • Work at a retail store or restaurant; 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.

    Area:

    Human Resource Management

    Sub-Area:
    • Recruiting/Staffing
    • Compensation
    • Benefits
    • Training
    • Safety
    • Employee Relations
    • Industrial Relations
    • Organizational Development
    • Equal Employment Opportunity
    • Employment Law
    • Consulting
    Employers:
    • Large corporate entities
    • Service industry
    • Hospitals and healthcare organizations
    • Universities
    • Temporary or staffing agencies
    • Executive search firms
    • Local, state, and federal government
    • Labor unions
    Strategies & Information:
    • 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, and build strong conflict resolution skills.
    • 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.
    • Seek endorsements such as the Professional Human Resource Certification (PHR).
    • Earn a master's degree for career advancement or a law degree for employment law.

    Area:

    Operations Management

    Sub-Area:
    • 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
    Employers:
    • Manufacturers
    • Industrial organizations
    • Service organizations
    Strategies & Information:
    • 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.
    • Develop skills in budgeting and cost management.
    • Take additional accounting and finance courses.
    • Learn to manage multiple situations and problems.
    • Be able to communicate effectively with different types of people in various functional areas.
    • Earn an MBA to reach the highest levels of operations management.

    Area:

    Sales

    Sub-Area:
    • Industrial Sales
    • Consumer Product Sales
    • Financial Services Sales
    • Services Sales
    • Advertising Sales
    • E-commerce
    • Customer Service
    • Sales Management:
      • District, Regional, and Higher
    Employers:
    • For-profit and nonprofit organizations
    • Product and service organizations
    • Manufacturers
    • Financial companies
    • Insurance companies
    • Print and electronic media outlets
    • Software and technology companies
    • Internet companies
    Strategies & Information:
    • Obtain experience through internships or summer and part-time jobs.
    • Seek leadership positions in campus organizations.
    • Work for the campus newspaper, directory, or radio station selling advertisements.
    • Become highly motivated and well-organized.
    • Develop a strong commitment to customer satisfaction.
    • To deliver effective customer service, develop problem solving skills, self-confidence, assertiveness, and empathy.
    • Learn to work well under pressure and to be comfortable in a competitive environment.
    • Be prepared to work independently and to be self-motivated. Plan to work irregular and/or long hours.
    • Learn to communicate effectively with a wide range of people. Take additional courses in interpersonal communication and public speaking.
    • Develop strong persuasion skills and learn how to build relationships.
    • Some positions in sales, such as pharmaceuticals, require at least one to two years of a proven record in outside sales. Be prepared to start in a different industry before getting a job in pharmaceuticals.

    Area:

    Insurance

    Sub-Area:
    • Claims
    • Underwriting
    • Risk Management
    • Sales
    • Loss Control
    Employers:
    • Insurance firms
    • Banks
    Strategies & Information:
    • Complete an internship with an insurance agency.
    • Talk to professionals in the industry to learn more about claims, underwriting, and risk management. Many 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.

    Area:

    Real Estate

    Sub-Area:
    • Residential Brokerage
    • Commercial Sales
    • Appraisals
    • Property Management
    Employers:
    • Real estate brokers
    • Banks
    • Appraisal firms
    • Apartment and condominium complexes
    • Developers
    • Large corporations: real estate departments
    Strategies & Information:
    • 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.

    Area:

    Banking

    Sub-Area:
    • Commercial Banking
    • Retail/Consumer Banking
    • Credit Analysis
    • Lending
    • Trust Services
    • Mortgage Loans
    • Branch Management
    • Operations
    Employers:
    • Banks
    • Credit unions
    • Savings and loan associations
    • Financial services institutions
    • Federal Reserve banks
    Strategies & Information:
    • 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.

    General Information and Strategies

    • 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.
    • Learn to work well on a team and effectively with a wide variety of people.
    • Strong communication skills, including public speaking, are important to achieving success in this field.
    • Join related professional organizations and pursue certifications in your respective area of interest.
    • Develop and utilize a personal network of contacts. Once in a position, find an experienced mentor.
    • Consider earning an MBA after gaining work experience to reach the highest levels of business management.

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