Career Outlook For Business Associate Degree

A Business degree can qualify you for a rewarding career in nearly any industry. Here are just a few of the careers you could pursue with your degree from Everest Online.

Recruiter
Recruiters maintain contacts within the community and search for promising job applicants. They screen, interview and sometimes test applicants. Recruiters may also check references and extend job offers. They must be thoroughly familiar with the organization's personnel policies to discuss wages, working conditions and promotional opportunities with prospective employees.

Sales Representative
Sales representatives schedule appointments with wholesale buyers, retail buyers and purchasing agents to interest them in merchandise. They advise clients on methods to reduce costs, use their products and increase sales. They make follow-up visits to make sure equipment is functioning properly and employees are trained to use the equipment. They also analyze sales statistics, prepare reports and often travel extensively.

Market Research Analyst
Market, or marketing, research analysts gather and analyze statistical data on past sales to predict future sales. This includes researching competitors, prices, sales and methods of marketing and distribution. They provide a company's management with information needed to make decisions on the promotion, distribution, design and pricing of goods or services.

Project Director
Project directors plan, direct and coordinate projects to ensure that objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frames and funding parameters. They review project proposals or plans to determine time frame, funding limitations, procedures for accomplishing the project, staffing requirements and allotment of available resources to various phases of the project. They also confer with project staff to outline a work plan and to assign duties, responsibilities and scope of authority.

Human Resources Advisor
Human resources advisors assist in identifying and resolving human-relations and work-performance problems. They develop and conduct training to improve employee human-relations skills, communication and work performance. They also train managers, supervisors and workers in supervisory skills, conflict resolution, interpersonal communication, effective group interaction and more.

Public Relations Manager
Public relations managers direct publicity programs to a targeted audience. They also evaluate advertising and promotion programs for compatibility with public relations efforts and serve as the eyes and ears of top management. They observe social, economic, and political trends and make recommendations to enhance the firm's image based on those trends.

Store Manager
Store managers direct a retail store engaged in selling merchandise to consumers. They formulate pricing policies according to requirements for profitability of store operations and order merchandise or prepare requisitions to replenish merchandise on hand. They also make sure employees comply with established security, sales and record-keeping procedures and practices.

General Manager
General managers direct activities of an industrial organization to maximize profits and achieve optimum efficiency and economy. They coordinate the activities of divisions or departments, such as operating, manufacturing, engineering, planning, sales, maintenance or research and development. They also direct the promotion of products or services to develop new markets, increase market share and obtain competitive position in industry.

Source: Adapted from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S, Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, www.bls.gov/oco. Your own hard work, professionalism, experience, work attitude, local market and other factors may impact your personal employment opportunities and pay.