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.
- Career Paths for This Major
- Skills Developed Through This Major
- Sample Career Titles with This Degree
- Sample Employers
- Ways to Explore and Reality Test Careers
- How to Increase Employability
- Professional Association Links
- Employment and Internship Links
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.
|Analytical||Oral & Written Communication|
|Organizational||Numerical Analysis & Interpretation|
|Creative Thinking||Critical Thinking|
|Planning & Budgeting||Decision Making|
|Management (People & Activities)||Time Management|
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|
|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…
|Budget Analyst||Claims Representative|
|Commercial Underwriter||Contracts Administrator|
|Database Administrator||Financial Analyst|
|Foreign Exchange Trader||Human Resource Personnel|
|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|
|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|
|Museums||Health Care Organizations|
|Non-Profit Organizations||Consulting Firms|
|Business & Industry (all phases)|
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)
- 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.
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.
- American Marketing Association
- eMarketing Association
- International Social Media Association
- Business Professionals of America
- National Management Association
- Entrepreneurs’ Organization
- The Society for Human Resource Management
See below for job posting sites related to this major (including our own home grown NHTI posting site – see first link).