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The Different Types of Business Degrees

August 4, 2014 Business Administration, General 0 Comments

Thousands of companies hire business majors every day, and few careers offer so much variety and promise. Some business degrees are general while others specialize in various fields. The following examples of the types of business degrees you can pursue show some of the industries open to you following graduation.

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If you're looking for a school offering degrees specifically in business, the programs will likely be in business administration or in some specialized area of business management. A business administration program will teach you the elements needed to start and operate a business. A master's degree in business administration (MBA) is especially valuable, but an associate or bachelor's degree will open doors to entry and middle management positions.

Business Specializations

Business management degrees focus on direction and leadership roles within a specialized field. Specialization has the advantage of bringing your career path into sharper focus. There are many disciplines you can study, leading to jobs such as the ones listed below:

  • Accounting: Every company needs somebody to manage "the books," and although many accountants work independently, most work in a business setting.
  • Marketing and advertising: Market researchers help companies find and understand their customers, and advertising specialists are experts on reaching and selling to them.
  • Information technology: Businesses rely on a host of technologies to make, market, inventory and sell products and services. Business technologists develop and maintain a multitude of these technologies, and information technologists specialize further in computers, communication equipment, and information gathering and dissemination techniques.
  • Analysis: Budget analysts and finance managers/officers decide how to allocate, analyze and present information on finances. They also keep up with economic forces affecting their business.
  • Human resources: Responsible for hiring, terminating and training workers, human resources specialists manage a company's most important assets — its workers.
  • Operations: The nuts and bolts of what a company actually does and making sure it has what it needs is the role of the operations, project or supply chain management professions.
  • Entrepreneurship: Some people want to start their own business but don't know how. Study in the field of entrepreneurship is all about how to convert an idea into a successful product or service.
  • Healthcare management: Steady increases in the number of older adults and chronic diseases make the need for healthcare managers nearly perpetual. Among the nation's largest and fastest-growing industries, a healthcare management degree is an especially valuable tool.
  • Hospitality: In spite of economic downturns, the hospitality industry thrives, and managers in this field are always in short supply.
  • International business: If you like to travel or live in a foreign country, there are degrees in international business that help you get there.
  • Nonprofits: Agencies and businesses that make a major difference in society and in people's lives need business managers to ensure they can continue to help.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more bachelor's degrees are conferred on business majors than for any other academic discipline. There is a reason so many people choose a business career — it offers the best opportunity for success. When you discover what role to play in the business world, there is a school to match your ambition.

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