If I had a dollar for every time I was asked that before I went to college, I would have paid off my student loans a lot sooner.
Depending on your interests and career goals, the answer could be anything from an astronaut to working in the business field.
If you answered the latter, you’re probably interested in business administration, what kind of schooling you’ll need, and the kind of career path you’ll take. We have that all laid out for you in this article, so let’s get started.
What is business administration?
In the education system, business administration is the course of study taken in college that prepares you for managerial roles in various companies and organizations.
What is the role of a business administrator?
When in the role of a business administrator, your job is to oversee all functions related to managing a business that lead to successfully reaching goals. This includes anything from planning and organizing to staffing the business.
For those who have a passion for leadership and excellent organizational skills, a degree in business administration could lead you to a rewarding career in the future.
Getting a business administration degree
If you’re interested in getting a degree in business administration, you’ll want to get your bachelor’s degree in business. This degree will incorporate practical and quantitative courses that will provide you with skills you can take to a future organization.
Colleges and universities that offer this program typically require around 120 credit hours. In addition to general education classes, like college-level algebra and English composition, other courses that are often required for this degree are:
Taking things further, you can continue your education in business administration at the graduate level with a Master’s of Business Administration, also called an MBA. To get into the program, you’ll need to get into business school, so you’ll take either the GMAT or the GRE.
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Once accepted, full-time MBA programs can take two years to finish, while it may take part-time students at least three years. Courses can range but will likely consist of accounting, economics, marketing, business law, international business, and more.
What’s the difference between business administration and business management?
It’s easy to get business administration and business management confused, as the two are similar and can sometimes be used interchangeably. However, the two do have some key differences:
Business administration: Concentrates on the overall operations of the business. Students on this path can specialize in one area by choosing an area of concentration.
Business management: Focuses on interpersonal aspects of business. This is ideal for those who are interested in supervising or managing people.
The core curriculum for both degrees have similar courses related to business fundamentals, such as marketing, economics, finance, law, and ethics.
Business administration jobs
One of the great things about earning a degree in business administration is that there is a wide range of career opportunities at your fingertips. Some business administration jobs include:
And we’re just living in it. Getting a business administration degree is a great way to kickstart your career in the business world. With so many potential career paths to take, the world is your oyster.
Mara Calvello is a Content Marketing Manager at G2 with a focus on Human Resources and SaaS Management. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Elmhurst College. In addition to working at G2, Mara is a freelance writer for a handful of small- and medium-sized tech companies. In her spare time, Mara is either at the gym, exploring the great outdoors with her rescue dog Zeke, enjoying Italian food, or right in the middle of a Harry Potter binge.