Careers in Business
Top 10 careers with a degree in accounting
  1. Accountants/CPA
  2. Auditors
  3. Financial Specialists
  4. Top and Mid-level Managers
  5. Management Information Specialists
  6. Securities Broker/Investment Specialist
  7. Sales Managers
  8. Controller
  9. Criminal Investigator
  10. Securities Broker/Investment Specialist
Points of interest
Women with a degree in accounting are more likely to be employed in accounting and auditing positions.

Accounting program graduates at the bachelor’s degree level have annual salaries of $63,500 per year, a rate of pay that is more than 17 percent above the average annual rate of pay for all full-time employed persons with a bachelor’s degree.

The earnings of those with a college degree in accounting vary by age. Accounting program graduates earn $45,600 per year. However, the salaries of accounting majors rise with age as they gather more experience and skill with each additional year on the job. Salaries reach an average level of $76,200 for those aged 50 to 54 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Source: College Majors Handbook

Top 10 careers with a Business Administration degree with a Marketing concentration
  1. Marketing Managers
  2. Sales Managers
  3. Top- and Mid-level managers
  4. Executive Directors
  5. Office Managers
  6. Personnel
  7. Public Relations Specialists
  8. Labor-relations Specialists
  9. Artists
  10. Writers
Points of interest
Marketing graduates employed in full-time jobs have annual salaries that are higher than the average salary of all college graduates employed in full-time jobs.

Sales and marketing are the primary activities that graduates in this major undertake. The majority of graduates with a bachelor’s degree in marketing work in the private, for-profit sector of the American economy, mostly in sales and marketing positions.

Nearly 90 percent of all marketing majors are employed in full-time jobs.

Source: College Majors Handbook

Top 10 careers with a degree in general business
  1. Top and Mid-level Managers
  2. Executives
  3. Administrators
  4. Sales Managers
  5. Management Analysts
  6. Purchasing Agents
  7. Regulatory Officers
  8. Insurance Sales
  9. Finance Officers
  10. Small Business Owner
Points of interest
The average annual salary of general business graduates is $41,500.

More than two-thirds of all general business graduates work for businesses and corporations in the private, for-profit sector of the economy.

The top 10 occupations that predominantly employ general business graduates account for more than 76 percent of all employed business graduates.

Source: College Majors Handbook

Top 10 careers with a degree in Business Administration with a Finance concentration
  1. Financial Specialists
  2. Bankers
  3. Accountants
  4. Auditors
  5. Top and mid-level managers
  6. Investment Specialist
  7. Securities Broker
  8. Sales Managers
  9. Marketing Managers
  10. Insurance Agents
Points of interest
The average annual salary of financial management graduates who work in jobs that are related to their major field of study is considerably higher than the salary of graduates who work in jobs that are not related to their undergraduate major.

Female graduates are more likely than males to work as accountants, auditors and financial specialists.

Financial management graduates employed in high-level executive, administrative, and managerial occupations earn an average annual salary of $78,400.

Source: College Majors Handbook
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