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Business

Focusing on a career in business is very practical because there are a variety of jobs in this area of study. Because many courses in business programs range from accounting and finance to marketing and management, you gain a comprehensive knowledge of business practices and skills rather than a limited area of expertise.

Concentrations

Since business is such a broad topic, you will find that there are many areas of concentration. A business degree can enhance an existing career, provide the skills and confidence needed to reenter the workforce, or offer a great base postsecondary education for high school graduates. Decide what concentration most interests you, research the specific programs, and determine if you have an aptitude for that area of business. Some concentrations include:
Accounting
Business Administration
Business Management
Communications
Customer Service
E Business
Economics
Entrepreneurship
Healthcare Management
Hospitality Management
Human Resources
International Business
Information Technology (IT) Management
Leadership
Organizational Management
Project Management
Public Administration
Sports and Entertainment Business
Supply Chain Management

Skills

Skills learned in business programs are valuable in that they can be used in other types of work as well. For example, you may use the skills learned while obtaining a Technology Management certificate to direct a team of telecommunications peers or set a timeline for a networking project. Perhaps you are starting your own home-based business. The skills learned through the Entrepreneurship track will be essential to the success of your venture. Know and understand the importance of the following skills gained through a business program and how they may supplement your existing talents.
Communication
Decision Making
Interpersonal and Teamwork
Leadership
Numeracy
Organization
Presentation
Problem Solving
Research
Strategic Planning
Writing

Occupations

Whether earning an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree in business, you are sure to find that most careers make use of business knowledge. Business equals Leadership for potential employers, and while you may have to start with an entry-level position, climbing the corporate ladder will not be a difficult task. Some occupations that focus on the financial side of business include: Accountant, Auditor, Commercial Bank Manager, Bookkeeping Clerk, Credit Manager, Financial Analyst, Loan Officer, and Financial Advisor. However, many business concentrations focus more on sales and marketing, which could land you a career as an Account Executive, Marketing Director, Media Director, Promotion Manager, or Public Relations Manager. Yet another focus could be administration and management, a field of study that paves the way to ambitious titles such as Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Officer, City Planner, General Manager, Legislator and Senior Administrator.

Earnings

Depending on the type of degree that you earn, your salary can vary greatly. You could also work your way up to a six-figure salary with an M.B.A. The opportunities are limitless in business studies, making continuing education a smart choice no matter what your current knowledge level of may be. Ideally, you should try to add different concentrations to your base education whenever possible in order to maintain a current knowledge of the many areas of business.