Business Management

Key Role

Business managers perform a broad range of duties in virtually every sector of the economy. Generally management roles are split into two levels, first-line managers and mid-level managers.

  • First-line managers directly supervise a staff that performs various support services
  • Mid-level managers develop departmental plans, set goals, deadlines, implement procedures to improve productivity and customer service, and define the responsibilities of supervisory-level managers

Quick Facts

  • Median Pay: $78,000-$81,000 per year
  • Minimum Education: Industry Certifications or Bachelor's Degree
  • Careers available in many industries (information technology, administrative, financial, purchasing, and human resources)
  • Should maintain and enhance skills in team building, leadership, and workplace law to maintain a competitive edge within company

Job-Related Tasks

  • Creating business plans
  • Overseeing staff management including payroll, conference planning, and information and data processing
  • Coordinate and give direction to office support services such as insurance companies, computer manufacturers, and government agencies
  • In general most business managers are in charge of a department and are responsible for the success of a department

Personal Characteristics and Talents

  • Strong leadership skills
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Detail Oriented

Recommended Education

  • Bachelor's Degree in computer science, information systems, or related field (Recommended not required)
  • Experience in related field

Career Opportunities

  • Administrative Services Managers
  • Computer and Information Systems Manager
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Sales Manager
  • Training and Development Manager

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Administrative Services Managers, on the Internet at (visited March 26, 2014).

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LearnKey Learning Path

Our prescribed Business Management career ready series is a well balanced blend of Industry leading certification prep and professional development. Included in the Business Management series are LearnKey Certified courses that will prepare individuals for a successful career in business management, as well as courses designed to assist in the personal development of each learner.

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Technical Development Courses:

Estimated training hours*: 73

Personal Development Courses:

Estimated training hours*: 33

*Estimated time includes viewing hours only and does not include test prep or certification exams