Business Management & Administration


About This Cluster

Business Management and Administration careers encompass planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Business Management and Administration career opportunities are available in every sector. For example, you might manage the financial activities of a business, direct the public to specific people or departments, or record incoming and outgoing shipments.

Skills and Interests

Skill Skill Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Time Management Managing one’s own time and the time of others.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Management of Material Resources Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Management of Financial Resources Determining how money will be spent to get the work done, and accounting for these expenditures.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.

 

Interest Interest Description
Enterprising Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.
Conventional Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.

Education

More than half of these occupations typically require a high school diploma or equivalent, but specific designations range from less than a high school diploma and short-term on-the-job training for stock clerks and order fillersto a bachelor’s degree and 5 or more years of work experience in a related occupation for those such as computer and information systems managers.

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Earnings and Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 23.3 million jobs belong to the Business Management and Administration career cluster—the most of all the clusters. Median annual wages for these occupations ranged from $22,480 for stock clerks and order fillers to $171,610 for chief executives.

BLS projects most job openings in the business management and administration cluster to be in occupations assigned to the administrative support pathway—including customer service representatives, the occupation expected to have the largest number of job openings in the cluster.
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