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Business Administration

If you choose to major in Business Administration, you will have options in leadership positions across industries. Effective managers are needed at all levels of business, industry and government-- from first line supervisors to top executives--to plan and direct the work of the organization, set policy, establish channels of communication, and evaluate the work that is done.

Representative Job Titles and Areas of Specialization

Account Executive Insurance Underwriter
Account Manager, Advertiser * Internal Revenue Officer
Administration Job Analyst
Administrative Analyst Labor Relations Specialist
Assistant Controller Management Consulting
Auditor Management Trainee
Bank Examiner Market Research Analyst
Bank Officer, Operations And Lending Marketing/Sales
Budget Analyst Materials Management
Business Analyst Methods Analyst
Buyer Personnel Analyst
Claims Representative Product/Brand Manager *
Contract Administrator Production/Operation
Cost Analyst Production Planner
Credit Analyst Public Administration
Employment Interviewer Public Relations Representative
Finance Purchasing Agent
Financial Planning Systems Analyst
Health Administrator Traffic Analyst
Human Resources Management Training Specialist
Information Systems Writer: Business, Trade,
    Technical Publications
*See Training section

Nature of the Work

Accounting and finance careers essentially involve numbers and analysis. You may be analyzing a budget, statistics, trends or manufacturing costs. Administrators manage people, materials and contracts.


Production managers oversee the making of a product for manufacturing, construction, agriculture or mining companies. Production planners design the flow of work and information. Marketing and sales offer a range of options from entry-level sales and customer service positions to market research and advertising, which may require experience and specialized training.

Places of Employment

Accounting firms Insurance companies
Advertising agencies Investment firms
Aerospace industry Magazines, newspapers, and periodicals
Banks Management consulting firms
Chambers of commerce Manufacturing firms
City, county and state Market research firms
government Professional associations
Engineering firms Public relations firms
Federal government: Publishing companies
- General Accounting Office Radio/T.V. industry
- Comptroller of the Currency Regional planning councils
- Internal Revenue Service Research and development firms
- Office of Personnel Management Retailers
Financial services Trade associations
Hospitals Public utilities companies
Import-export companies Universities, colleges, and other
   educational institutions


Nearly all of the jobs listed above may be obtained with a bachelor's degree depending on the type of coursework you completed and experience you gained as an undergrad. Job titles with asterisks generally require specific education and/or experience beyond the bachelor's degree.

If you accept an entry-level position, expect to be placed in a training program. Formal management trainee programs are most frequently found in finance, trade, and manufacturing companies and in government agencies.

For further information and/or career counseling contact the UCR Career Center, (951) 827-3631.

Supplemental Material

The following documents may provide further ideas for exploration.

More Information

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
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Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

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