What Can You Do With a Business Administration Degree?

A degree may open the door to a variety of opportunities and diverse career paths. The degree programs offered at AIU will not necessarily lead to the featured careers. This collection of articles is intended to help inform and guide you through the process of determining which level of degree and types of certifications align with your desired career path.

At the bachelor's level, business degrees have become one of the most popular and highly sought after degrees for today's college graduates. The National Center for Education Statistics reported that in 2016 (the last year for which data was collected) more students graduated with a bachelor's in business than in any other field.1 According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, this popularity is also reflected by employer demand. Their recent Job Outlook 2018 survey found that 59.1% of employers surveyed responded that they planned to hire job candidates with a business degree.2

So what can you do with a business administration degree, and what career paths in business might you choose to pursue after you graduate? Below we review career paths that usually require a bachelor degree (per BLS data).

Financial Analyst

If you're researching what to do with a business degree and you have an interest in the stock market and finance, then pursuing a position as a financial analyst may be a good choice for you. Financial analysts monitor stock prices and fluctuations in financial markets, as well as study economic and business trends, in order to make recommendations about investments. They may manage a number of individual clients' portfolios or work for a single company to advise when to buy and sell investments. Sometimes financial analysts may work under more specific job titles like fund manager, portfolio manager, ratings analyst or risk analyst.3

Job Outlook: The BLS projects 11% growth in the field through 2026.4

Management Analyst

Sometimes called business analysts or management consultants, management analysts advise businesses on how to make their operations more productive and efficient. They may analyze internal structure and workflows, financial data and revenue streams and specialized areas like inventory management. As they are ultimately tasked with providing a report of their findings and recommendations for improvement to upper management, they often work on a consulting basis. However, some management analysts are employed within a single company.5

Job Outlook: The BLS projects faster than average growth of 14% in this field through 2026.6

Human Resources Development Specialist

A human resources development specialist is the person responsible for ensuring a company is properly staffed. Usually working under the supervision of an HR manager, specialists focus more directly on managing a company's personnel, recruiting and placing possible employees, checking references, conducting interviews and negotiating wages. HR specialists are responsible for much of the administrative paperwork required for new employees, as well as enrolling them in benefits and programs like direct deposit, 401K plans and healthcare options. HR specialists may also work to resolve internal conflicts, evaluate job performance and conduct job training.7

Job Outlook: HR specialist positions are projected to grow by 7% through 2026.8

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1. U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Higher Education General Information Survey (HEGIS) 2017, "Bachelor's degrees conferred by postsecondary institutions, by field of study: Selected years, 1970-71 through 2015-16," on the Internet at https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d17/tables/dt17_322.10.asp?current=yes (visited October 16, 2018). Conditions in your area may vary.
2. National Association of Colleges and Employers, Job Outlook 2018, "Business Majors Dominate List of Top Majors in Demand," on the Internet at https://www.naceweb.org/job-market/trends-and-predictions/business-majors-dominate-list-of-top-majors-in-demand/ (visited October 16, 2018). Conditions in your area may vary.
3. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Financial Analysts: What Financial Analysts Do," on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm#tab-2 (visited October 16, 2018).
4. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Financial Analysts: Job Outlook," on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm#tab-6 (visited October 16, 2018). Conditions in your area may vary.
5. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Management Analysts: What Management Analysts Do," on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm#tab-2 (visited October 16, 2018).
6. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Management Analysts: Job Outlook," on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/management-analysts.htm#tab-6 (visited October 16, 2018). Conditions in your area may vary.
7. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Human Resources Specialists: What Human Resources Specialists Do," on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Human-resources-specialists.htm#tab-2 (visited October 16, 2018).
8. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, "Human Resources Specialists: Job Outlook," on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Human-resources-specialists.htm#tab-6 (visited October 16, 2018). Conditions in your area may vary.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, go to www.aiuniv.edu/disclosures. AIU cannot guarantee employment or salary. Not all programs are available to residents of all states.
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