A Bachelor of Science degree in management prepares and qualifies graduates for a variety of career paths within multiple industries and sectors. Finance, operations management and personnel management are some of the more common management careers. The versatility of the degree prepares graduates to find a job in another industry if the need arises, even in a volatile and competitive job market, Rutgers University reports.
Operations and Production Management
Recent graduates might gain experience as an assistant manager, overseeing a small number of employees or managing operations of a particular segment of a company. Over time, assistant managers might move into mid-level or executive management positions, responsible for overseeing all aspects of business operations. According to the Princeton Review, production managers also oversee business operations, with a focus on coordinating daily operations and handling unexpected setbacks.
Specialists and Consultants
Graduates with a bachelor’s degree in management can specialize in a particular line of work and establish a career as a management consultant for that industry, the University of Texas at Austin reports. They might help businesses find ways to improve profitability, reduce expenses or improve productivity. According to the College Board, successful consultants and specialists will enjoy problem-solving and possess strong analytical skills.
Finances and Accounting
Financial managers and accountants must meticulously analyze cash flow statements and project profits and losses. They also keep businesses in compliance with laws and regulations, according to "U.S. News & World Report." Management careers in finance are often listed as some of the most lucrative career options for those with a bachelor’s degree in management, although jobs are usually very competitive, states the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Retail and Small Business
A bachelor's degree in management qualifies graduates to manage all aspects of a small business or retail store. Managers solve issues with customers and employees, schedule and train staff and oversee store inventory. They are often responsible for other aspects of running a business, including human resources, advertising and accounting. The retail and small business management market is a good option for new graduates to gain experience because jobs are generally less competitive than other managerial roles, but often offer many opportunities for advancement, according to University of Maine marketing professor Kim McKeage.
- The University of Texas at Austin; Major: Management
- The University of Arizona; Eller College of Management: Business Management Career Brief
- The College Board; Career: Management Consultants
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: Financial Managers
- Princeton Review; Career: Production Manager
- U.S. News & World Report: Financial Managers
- USA Today; Wanted: Retail Managers
- The University of Maine: Marketing Professor Promotes Retail Management Careers
Amy Pearson earned dual bachelor's degrees in management and horticulture. She is a licensed elementary teacher for kindergarten through sixth grades. Pearson specializes in flower and vegetable gardening, landscape design, education, early childhood and child development.