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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 Area of Specialization
  • Account Executive
  • Account Manager, Advertiser *
  • Administration
  • Administrative Analyst
  • Assistant Controller
  • Auditor
  • Bank Examiner
  • Bank Officer, Operations And Lending
  • Budget Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Buyer
  • Claims Representative
  • Contract Administrator
  • Cost Analyst
  • Credit Analyst
  • Employment Interviewer
  • Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Health Administrator
  • Human Resources Management
  • Information Systems
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Internal Revenue Officer
  • Job Analyst
  • Labor Relations Specialist
  • Management Consulting
  • Management Trainee
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing/Sales
  • Materials Management
  • Methods Analyst
  • Personnel Analyst
  • Product/Brand Manager *
  • Production/Operation
  • Production Planner
  • Public Administration
  • Public Relations Representative
  • Purchasing Agent
  • Systems Analyst
  • Traffic Analyst
  • Training Specialist
  • 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
  • Advertising agencies
  • Aerospace industry
  • Chambers of commerce
  • City, county and state government
  • Engineering firms
  • Federal government:
    • General Accounting Office
    • Comptroller of the Currency
    • Internal Revenue Service
    • Office of Personnel
  • Management
  • Financial services
  • Hospitals
  • Import-export companies
  • Insurance companies
  • Investment firms
  • Magazines, newspapers, and periodicals
  • Management consulting firms
  • Manufacturing firms
  • Market research firms
  • Professional associations
  • Public relations firms
  • Publishing companies
  • Radio/T.V. industry
  • Regional planning councils
  • Research and development firms
  • Retailers
  • Trade associations
  • Public utilities companies
  • Universities, colleges, and other educational institutions

Training

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.

 

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