Earning a business degree is one of the smartest career moves you can make. In addition to getting a thorough understanding of important generalized business topics, you can add a concentration to your business degree to launch your business career down a certain path. Whether you apply to a small business or a large government agency, a Bachelor’s degree in Business will make you highly marketable. Another perk of a business degree is the array of high paying jobs that come with it.
Human Resources Specialist
If you love working with people but want to work in a corporate setting, consider becoming a Human Resources Specialist. Responsibilities include interviewing applicants, helping with new employee orientation, and answering questions about company benefits. CCE Assumption allows Business Majors to concentrate in Human Resources Management and take relevant coursework in compensation & benefits, employee relations, and talent acquisition to help you accomplish these responsibilities.
While general Human Resources responsibilities are similar, your daily duties will vary depending on your work environment. For example, a Human Resources Specialist working at a smaller company will wear many hats, while one working at a mutlinational company will have a particular specialty (e.g. recruitment specialist, placement specialist, etc.) With hard work and dedication, a Human Resources Specialist can be promoted to a Human Resources Manager.
If you’re a good listener, have strong communication skills, and work well in difficult situations, you already have many of the core skills you’ll need for human resources success. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Massachusetts has one of the highest annual salaries for HR Specialists at $72,410. As always, salary depends on geographic location, company type, and experience. Surprisingly, Human Resource Specialists working for government agencies earn slightly more than those working for private companies.
While not usually available right out of the gate, business majors can aspire to become Marketing Managers within the first several years of their marketing careers. A marketing manager’s responsibilities include planning marketing campaigns, working with budgets, and create pricing strategies.
Since marketing is both a science and an art, having a concentration in marketing, digital marketing, or marketing management is a good idea. With a concentration, you’ll develop a deep understanding of topics like SEO, Market Research and Analytics, and Advertising, which will be enormously valuable on the job. While you can let your creativity shine, you also have to be able to analyze industry trends and work with tight budgets and deadlines. If you’re interested in becoming a Marketing Manager, you must have a thirst for knowledge. The job can sometimes be pretty stressful, but you’ll be on the right path if you spend time keeping up to date with what’s going on in the industry.
You’ll have a wide variety of office environments to choose from because almost every company and government agency advertises. Salaries for marketing managers vary based on the industry your’re in, but Massachusetts has the highest concentration of Marketing Manager jobs in the nation. The median annual salary nationwide is $128,750, but in Massachusetts it raises to $139,170.
Financial Analysts are in high demand. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that this field will grow by 16% between 2012 and 2022. A Bachelor’s degree is a must to get you started as a Financial Analyst, and it can help you prepare for a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification. This series of exams takes 2 to 5 years to complete. It’s not required, but definitely will give your salary a healthy boost. The median salary of a Financial Analyst is $80,310, but can increase with a CFA certification and more experience.
A Financial Analyst’s job is to analyze industry and economic trends to help businesses and individuals make smart investment decisions. The sky is the limit when it comes to job opportunities. Insurance companies, banks, research houses, and numerous other types of companies need Financial Analysts. You’ll be working with complex software so computer skills are a must and you must have an eye for detail. Once you collect all of the data, you must be able to translate this data into verbal industry trends.
Before you can embark on your journey to a lucrative career, you must get a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Learn more about CCE at Assumption’s Bachelor of Business Administration program.