A CMC business administration students and professor discuss business collaboration.

Careers in Business Administration

College graduates with an associate’s degree in business qualify for entry level careers, including basic management and administrative roles in private, public and nonprofit organizations. Many find employment as management trainees or managers in the sales or retail industry. Others work as project assistants, office managers and technology-oriented support specialists.

With a bachelor’s degree in business administration, you’ll qualify for an array of leadership positions and other advanced roles in private, public and nonprofit organizations. You’ll have the option to work across industries as a business analyst, human resources generalist, operations manager or marketing specialist. Some business administration graduates also venture into entrepreneurship, creating their own successful businesses from the ground up.
(Source: All Business Schools)

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for business and finance is expected to grow about 8% between 2014-2024. Employment of management occupations is projected to grow 6 percent. However, job growth will vary by the area of business in which you choose to specialize.

Job Outlook Comparison Through 2024

  • Sales Management—5 percent, slower than average
  • Finance Management—7 percent, as fast as average
  • Human Resources Management—9 percent, slightly faster than average
  • Food Service Management—5 percent, slower than average
  • Health Care Administration—17 percent, much faster than average
  • Marketing Management—9 percent, slightly faster than average

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook)

Earnings Potential

This median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $65,710 in May 2015. The median annual wage for management occupations was $98,560. Of course, industry type, job type, geographic location and other factors all play a part in determining median salaries. View descriptions and median salaries for a variety of business occupations below:

(Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2016-17 Occupational Outlook Handbook)


Internships are an important avenue for gaining experience and your network in the field. It can be especially helpful as you narrow down your occupations of interest, so that you have a better understanding of the industry and role you might play. CMC enthusiastically supports students obtaining internships to enhance their learning.

CMC Internship Program


CMC maintains an online job board: www.cmcstudentjobs.com, which hosts positions posted by local, regional and national employers seeking good candidates. Students can search by job category. Business oriented opportunities, including temporary, internship or part and full time professional roles are included. See jobs shared with CMC here on the right side panel!

CMC Career Services also hosts a variety of resources for job seekers on Basecamp (login required).