Management involves leading, running things, and supervising people. There are managers in the nonprofit as well as the for-profit sector; business owners, large or small; and administrators, including government administrators. Managers direct the various kinds of establishments such as stores, hotels, food service facilities, distribution warehouses, transportation and airline terminals, and automobile service stations.

Sample Occupations

  • Human Resources
  • Recruiting/Staffing
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Employee Relations
  • Industrial Relations
  • Equal Employment Opp.
  • Employment Law
  • Operations
  • Research Analysis
  • Production Management
  • Materials Management
  • Sales
  • Industrial Sales
  • Manufacturer Rep.
  • Direct Consumer Sales
  • Financial Services Sales
  • Customer Service
  • Sales Management
  • Insurance
  • Loss Control
  • Risk Management
  • Asset Management
  • Customer Service
  • Real Estate
  • Property Management
  • Office and Industrial
  • Appraising
  • Land Development
  • Banking and Finance
  • Operations
  • Branch Management
  • Lending
  • Credit Analysis
  • Trust Services

Types of Employers

  • Banks & Financial Institutions
  • Restaurants
  • Retailers
  • Healthcare Organizations
  • Manufacturers
  • Labor Unions
  • Internet Companies
  • *Nearly every type of organization offers management opportunities

Preparing for your career in

Human Resources: Hone your verbal and written communication skills; Build strong conflict resolution skills; Develop strong computer skills; Learn to solve problems creatively

Operations: Develop strong analytical skills and a logical approach to problem solving; Learn to manage multiple situations and problems; Take courses in logistics, statistics, or computer systems

Sales: Become highly motivated and well organized; Learn to work well under pressure and be comfortable in a competitive environment; Cultivate strong persuasion skills; Develop self confidence, assertiveness, and empathy; Become committed to customer satisfaction

Insurance: Initiative and sales ability are absolutely necessary; Develop strong communication skills; Complete an internship with an insurance agency

Real Estate: Develop an entrepreneurial spirit as nearly 60% of brokers and agents are self employed; Be willing to work odd hours to accommodate clients’ schedules; Obtain sales experience

Banking and Finance: Develop strong interpersonal and communication skills to be bale to work with a diverse clientele; Build a solid background in business

How do I know if its right for me?

ASSESS: Take a career assessment, such as PathwayU, to see how your interests, values, and personality fit with majors and careers.

RESEARCH: Research the careers on this WCIDWAMI and thousands of other careers using O*Net Online, The Occupational Outlook Handbook or FirstHand.

EXPLORE: Learn more about a career field of interest by job shadowing, attending a career panel, or participating in a Career Trek. Further your exploration while gaining valuable skills by completing an internship, co-op, volunteer, or research experience.