After earning an associate degree in medical diagnostic sonography, Anna Boone couldn't find a job as a sonographer. Following a year of job hunting, she took an entry-level position at a hospital in a totally unrelated field.
"One of the things that happened while I was working all of these weird jobs in the hospital was, I got to have a big, broad view of the whole organization and all of the little pieces," remembers Boone. "I figured out that what I really want to do is have an administration role. I said, 'I want to run this.'" It was at this point that she decided to enroll online to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree for the jobs prospects, higher-paying salaries and versatile career opportunities.
At the bachelor's level, eight of the 10 top majors in demand by employers are in the business category, according to the 2018 Job Outlook Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Earning a degree that can land you a job and advance you in your field is not only smart but practical. Some positions, like HR manager, involve working with people. Others, like purchasing agent, focus on products. A BSBA degree provides students with broad-based knowledge of business operations and skills that apply to a number of career paths.
Below are five common career positions or paths for Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) graduates of Louisiana State University-Alexandria.
- Human resources management
- Advertising, promotions and marketing
- Financial analyst
- Financial manager
Learners often earn a degree to enter a new field or advance in their current job. If you plan on taking out a student loan, you also need to consider the potential earnings of a bachelor's degree. The wise student knows not only the availability of jobs in his or her field, but also how much these positions pay. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that wages for many business-related occupations were higher than those for all workers. In fact, the National Association of Colleges and Employers placed the average starting salary for 2017 business major graduates at $52,456 per year.
A big paycheck is nice, but it's also important to explore which occupations are a good fit for your skills and interests. Learn about a variety of subjects — finance, sales management, business policy, marketing, business law, human resources, digital marketing, IT and more. Add that to the general education courses required and you've gained exposure to a broad curriculum that is diverse and well-rounded.
You can also expect to acquire many valuable transferable skills which can be put to use not only at work but also in your personal life. "The reason I chose business is I felt like I could do more than just healthcare," Boone says. "That's what I liked about the business degree — it let me change fields. It gave me flexibility for the future."
When Can I Start the Online BSBA Program at LSUA?
With seven start dates each year, you don't have to wait around until the fall or spring semesters. Check out the calendar for upcoming start dates and relevant deadlines. Earn a degree that offers abundant job opportunities, higher-than-average starting salaries and the versatility to change career paths.
Learn more about LSUA's online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration program.
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