Careers

Your bachelor's degree in management or business administration will prepare you to excel in a variety of careers. As you pursue your professional goals, you'll call upon the skills and abilities you developed at NIU, including efficient communication, decisive problem-solving and effective relationship building.

Recent management graduates have started careers in a variety of firms, such as Deloitte & Touche, Calamos Investments, Project Leadership Associates, McDonald's Corporation, Kohl's Department Stores, Target, Exel, Hertz and Sears Holding Corp. Starting salaries for recent management graduates range from $31,000 to $65,000, with a median salary of over $43,000.

Human Resource Management

Management majors with a human resource management emphasis enter careers involving the recruitment and selection of management talent, the development of retention strategies, and training and managing people. Some job titles from recent graduates include:

  • Staffing specialist
  • Survey and organizational development specialist
  • Compensation analyst
  • Trainer
  • Leadership development specialist
  • HR administrator
  • Employment relations manager
  • Recruiter

Leadership and Management

Management majors with a leadership and management emphasis call upon their broad-based skills in managing action, information, and people in for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Some job titles from recent graduates include:

  • Executive team leader
  • Manager in training
  • Consultant
  • Business analyst
  • Sales strategist
  • Client service specialist
  • Global intelligence analyst
  • Technology coordinator

As the recipient of a bachelor's degree in business administration, you’ll have many potential career paths with large and small companies, as well as nonprofit organizations. Some possible industries include:

  • Mortgage and banking
  • Event planning
  • Small business management
  • Account management
  • Management trainee programs with large retailers
  • Sales and entrepreneurship
  • Health care and insurance
  • Logistics and product distribution

My Major, My Future!

The Business Administration Student Organization brings alumni and students together to discuss career opportunities available to business administration majors. Alumni with careers in fields such as banking, finance, retail management, health care and warehouse operations discuss what factors influenced their career decisions and how they chose their occupations. You’ll learn about the interview process, the skills needed for certain positions and what employers look for when recruiting and hiring new employees.

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