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What Can I Do With a Degree in General Business & Management

Description:   This major emphasizes the integrative nature of the management discipline in planning, organizing, directing and controlling contemporary profit and non-profit organizations.  The program includes the study of both qualitative and quantitative contributions from the management sciences to provide the student with modern analytic concepts, tools and techniques that can be used as aids in managerial decision-making.  The impacts of the international environment and of the social responsibilities of managers receive special attention across the broad range of management courses.  Various teaching methods are used in an effort to bring reality to classroom considerations of relevant business problems.

Decision making
Communication (oral and written)
Problem solving
Establishing goals
Team work/team building
Visionary thinking
Analytical skills

Typical Work Activities:
Problem solving and troubleshooting
Working independently and as a team member
Tolerating ambiguity and change
Planning and organizing events
Delegating authority to others
Supervising and managing the work of others
Prioritizing tasks so as to make efficient use of time and resources

Occupational Opportunities: 
Retail Store Manager
Personnel Manager
Human Resources Administrator
Personnel Specialist
Job Analyst
Equal Opportunity Representative
Compensation Administrator
Employee Benefits Analyst
Job Development Specialist
Personnel Administrator
Personnel Recruiter
Quality Control Coordinator
Employee Training Instructor Labor Relations Specialist
Compensation/Benefits Administrator
Small Business Owner
Management Consultant
Employment Interviewer
Operations Manager
Account Executive
Branch Manager
Credit and Collections Manager
Management Trainee
Manufacturing Supervisor
Industrial Relations Director
Hotel Manager
Credit Analyst

Possible Employment Settings:
Retail Stores
Human Resource Departments
Banks/Financial Institutions
Consulting Firms
Restaurant/Food Service
Hospitality Industry
Health Services/Hospital Administration
Public Utilities
Manufacturing Companies
Computer Industry
Small Business
Nonprofit Organizations

Salary Information:

According to the Spring 2008 Salary Survey of the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), the average salary offer for Business Administration/Management majors is:  $44,195.

Career Resources:
Careers in Focus: Entrepreneurs, by Ferguson Publishing, 2000
Careers in Focus: Business, by Ferguson Publishing, 2000
Opportunities in Business Management, by Irene Place, Ed.D., 1988.  VGM Career Horizons: Lincolnwood, IL
Job Opportunities in Business, 1997.  Petersons: Princeton, NJ
Opportunities in Human Resource Management Careers, by William J. Traynor & J. Steven McKenzie, 1995.
VGM Career Horizons: Lincolnwood, IL
Job Opportunities for Business Majors, 1998.  Petersons: Princeton, NJ
Business and Finance Career Directory, 1993.  Visible Ink Press: Detroit, MI
What Can You Do With a Major in Business?, 2005

Web Sites:
National Business Employment: 
Career Path:
US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Production and Operations Management Society:
Decision Science Institute:
American Production and Inventory Control:
Avraham Y. Goldratt Institute:

Student Organizations:
University Business Society
Marketing Club
Diversity in Business Students

Career Center Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Career Resources

Student Resources
Employer Resources
Faculty/Staff Resources
Alumni Resources
Web Resources 
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Additional Resources

Spartan CareerLink for Students
Spartan CareerLink for Employers
SIGI 3 for Students

Contact Us

Sherry McAdams
Director, Career Center
Phone: 864-503-5393

Career Center
John M. Rampey Center
800 University Way
Spartanburg, SC 29303
Phone: 864-503-5392 
Fax: 864-503-5931
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