What Can I Do With My Business Administration Major?

Business Administration

Starting and running a business in today’s ever changing complex economy requires key skills to coordinate human, product, technological and financial resources to accomplish organizational goals.  The Business Administration degree at NHTI will start you on your journey to gain business focused training. You’ll get a thorough grounding in the theories and principles of accounting, finance, marketing, economics, statistics, and management. You’ll come away with training on how to budget, organize, plan, direct, control, and otherwise manage various organizations.  No matter the industry or specific work setting, sound business principles are critical for the organization’s success and business majors play a critical role in helping their employer realize that success.

Visit NHTI’s Business Administration Department for information on degree and course offerings.  You can also check out the Hospitality and Tourism Management Degree option..

Career Paths for This Major

Graduates of the Business Administration program have varied work options that depend upon one’s specific interests, abilities, work values, and hands on experience in the field.  Depending on individual interests, students can concentrate on a variety of business functions and environments such as accounting, economics, finance, international business, marketing, human resource management, and production/operations management.

Entry-level positions vary depending upon the employer, industry, and type of work activities involved. Advancement to executive, administrative, and management positions can be supported by obtaining a bachelor’s degree in business administration or in a related field, along with acquiring related work experiences. Some companies provide management training programs within their own organizations for employees who demonstrate leadership potential. Those who are willing to continually learn, while updating and expanding their skills, will be most successful. Other key traits for business success include flexibility, adaptability to new environments, knowledge of computer systems, and an emphasis on teamwork and interpersonal communication skills.


Skills Developed Through This Major

Analytical Oral & Written Communication
Organizational Numerical Analysis & Interpretation
Problem-Solving Teamwork
Marketing Computer Literacy
Creative Thinking Critical Thinking
Planning & Budgeting Decision Making
Management (People & Activities) Time Management


Sample Career Titles with This Degree

These titles include positions that you may qualify for with this associate’s degree…

Sales Representative Customer Service Representative
Administrative Assistant Administrative professional
Event Planner Program Coordinator
Project Assistant/Manager Retail Sales Rep
Office Manager Entrepreneur
Tax Preparer Accounts Payable/Receivable Clerk
Real Estate Agent Loan Officer
Human Resource Assistant Business Analyst
Marketing Specialist Advertising Assistant

Sample positions requiring a bachelor’s degree and beyond…

Accountant Account Executive
Actuary Associate Consultant
Budget Analyst Claims Representative
Commercial Underwriter Contracts Administrator
Database Administrator Financial Analyst
Foreign Exchange Trader Human Resource Personnel
Assistant/Manager Insurance Agent
Investment Broker Labor Relations Specialist
Licensing Agent Market Analyst
Media Planner Trust Administrator
Production Manager Public Relations Account Manager
Purchasing Agent Recruitment Coordinator
Research Associate Research Analyst
Retail Buyer Sales Associates
Sales Manager/Representative Securities Trader
Systems Analysts/IT Consultant Team Leader


Sample Employers

Real Estate Firms Advertising Agencies
Banks/Financial Services Insurance Companies
Retail Companies Educational Institutions
Food Service Industry Hotel Industry
Government High Technology Firms
Manufacturing Public Relations Offices
Resorts Restaurant Management
Museums Health Care Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations Consulting Firms
Business & Industry (all phases)


Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers

There are four key ways to explore your favorite career interests…through reading, through speaking with those in the know, through observing and through doing.  Use the link(s) below to begin exploring major related careers through ‘reading’.  Go to the Exploring Career Interests link to get tips on all four key exploration strategies.

NOTE: Some career options in the links below indicate that a high school degree is the minimum requirement for career entry.  Students with an associate’s degree will have expanded opportunities for career entry and advancement.

Additional sources of information for this major include:

  • NHTI Faculty, Academic Advisors, and Business Administration Department resources.
  • Professionals who are working in the field
  • Professional Associations (see below)

How to Increase Employability

  • Become an active student member of college, community, or professional associations, which helps you build leadership skills and promote connecting (networking) with fellow professionals.
  • Obtain quality practical experience prior to graduation through part-time, full-time and summer employment/internship positions related to your targeted field.
  • Participate in volunteer and service learning opportunities.
  • Develop cross-cultural skills necessary for the global market.
  • Pursue elective course work or additional training related to one's professional field/work setting of interest.
  • Develop computer technology skills.


Professional Association Links

Professionals who do work related to this major belong to these associations.  You can use the links below to do career research and to connect with local association members.  You may also be able to join an association of interest, at a reduced rate, as a student member. 

Employment Links

See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).


Aaron Conn
Business Administration
Department Chair

(603) 271-6484 x4143

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

Academic Advising
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4021
Fax: (603) 223-0785