Many careers in Business Management & Administration are office jobs, but not all. One of 16 industry clusters that the U.S. Department of Labor tracks, Business Management & Administration encompasses all of the jobs that it takes to run a company or organization, from finance to marketing. People pursuing business careers generally have earned degrees in Business, Accounting, Marketing or some other corporate function. Learn more about the U.S. Department of Labor’s industry clusters and their economic outlook.
Adults using these resources to help students explore careers may also find it helpful to use the Career Journeys Supplemental Materials we’ve prepared for teachers and counselors.
Parlaying people skills into a career in Human Resources
As a Human Resources Specialist in International Recruiting for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Jean Mervius relies on people skills and problem-solving ability, among other things.
Business development took her outside her comfort zone
As Director of Information Technology and Director of Diversity & Inclusion for the Pittsburgh Technology Council, Gina Winstead needs people skills, and she didn’t let shyness stop her from building them.
Small companies seek flexibility
As founder and CEO of RedTree Web Design, Meesha Gerhart said she doesn’t hire so much for specific skills and knowledge as she does for “open-mindedness” and “willingness” because a small company needs flexible employees.
Helping companies identify equity issues and strategies
As founder of a consultancy focused on equity, LaTrenda Sherrill says that being able to build client relationships, juggle multiple projects, and maintain humility are key drivers of success for an entrepreneur.
Executive Chef puts in long, late hours
Being an Executive Chef and restaurateur like Jacqueline Schoedel may sound glamorous, but it really requires being humble enough to do every job and teach your staff.
Construction takes teamwork, time-management
John Mascaro, Jr. describes his industry as one made for people skilled in any of 16 trades as well as business and operations staff whose training ranges from four-year colleges to associate’s degrees.
Product management involves a little bit of everything
Product management gives Corrie Potter a chance to dabble in every aspect of her business, from the creative elements of product development to sales and training.
Interested in photography? Practice empathy!
In her first career as a model, Anita Buzzy-Prentiss was in front of the camera. As a photographer and owner of Buzzy Photography, she’s now behind it.
Learning hospitality from the ground up
For Carrie Wakinekona, Director of Quality Assurance & Training at Nemacolin Woodlands, hospitality is about helping people.
Tech CEO jumped from psychology to teaching to IT
As Founder and Chief Executive Officer of a company that provides IT support, Leia Shilobod sees herself and her employees as crisis counselors.
Harnessing music and technology to help people with memory
For Rachel Francine, the road to entrepreneurship was paved with family talents—her brother’s in music therapy, and her father’s vision for an invention that would give musical cues.
Technical service means working with people
A physics major now working as a Technical Service Representative for Covestro, Kaitlyn Tautkus-Berry finds her science background important, but her people skills are just as critical to the job.
Combining two passions to chart an entrepreneurial course
Once a television weatherman, Jeff Verszyla combined training in broadcast media and his interest in meteorology to become an entrepreneur, giving forecasts over his own website and social media.
Mascaro seeks candidates with communications and critical thinking skills
As someone who helps screen employees at Mascaro Construction Co., Dave DeChicchis, who works as an Estimator, says he looks for candidates with outside interests as well as communication and critical thinking skills.
Much about transportation engineering is about technology
Anthony Castellone didn’t take a straight path to become a Transportation Division Manager for Pennoni. But his current role brings together what he’s learned from previous career steps.
Being a barber takes creativity and people skills
In high school and during his military career, Darnell Samuel experimented cutting hair for friends and family. Afterwards, he went to school to learn the craft and open his own shop.
Software development is more than just coding
Curiosity, tenacity, and problem-solving ability are the skills Heather Hinkel says people who want to help design and update software need to bring with them.
Seeing art everywhere
Franz Deeke mentally processes the images of everyday life–from sunsets to traffic jams–as art. His visual imagination made him a perfect candidate to open his own shop as an audio-visual producer.
Continually learning and unlearning technologies
As a Business Integrations Manager trying to keep Kennametal’s processes updated with the latest technologies, Bhanu Narne says his most important skills are listening and “asking the right question at the right time.”
The power of banking
The loan that financed his father’s store when his family immigrated from Nigeria taught Osamase Ekhator the power banking has in people’s lives and their communities. It’s one reason he loves teaching students about personal finance.
Creativity led to companies
Sparkwear Founder and CEO John Rattray has wanted to be an entrepreneur since 5th grade, when he started his first business making and selling wristbands.
Following one passion and finding another
A quick-change artist, Heidi Peters dramatically switched her college major to follow her passion for fashion and retail. After a few years in the field and a graduate degree in business, she pivoted into procurement for a major medical equipment supplier.
Operations in manufacturing
“Never pre-judge anybody,” is the sound advice Mike Storms, director of Operations at Elliott Group has to share.