Mississippi Valley State University

November 28, 2014

Career Paths

Accounting: Students should strongly consider a career in accounting due to the many excellent opportunities that currently exist in the business world. Accounting is the language of business and, as such, all organizations need fluent speakers. Successful completion of the accounting program at the University should enable students to pursue careers in public accounting, industry and all levels of government. Accounting careers can offer substancial financial rewards as well as individual challenges and personal satisfaction. CPAs can be found working for all types of businesses and organizations, including not-for-profits, schools, hospitals, sports teams, and government. Certified Public Accountants have passed a rigorous exam and continue to update their knowledge every year. CPAs also subscribe to a high code of conduct that includes honesty, integrity, and independence. Today’s CPA is known as a strategic business advisor, technology guru, personal financial consultant, tax and estate planner, and fraud examiner. CPAs are found in a variety of roles working for a variety of organizations.

Business administration focuses on "the real world" application and is aimed at preparing individuals at getting almost any job because of its flexibility. The Business Administration degree is designed to provide the student with a broad and general overview of the basic functions in the business sector. Upon the completion of this curriculum, the student should be equipped with the basic knowledge and skills to start in an entry level administrative position in the business community or to establish and/or manage a small business. With a few more courses, one can specialize in either Management or Marketing. There is a multitude of career opportunities available to you with a bachelor degree in business administration. Each title outlines common career areas, typical employers, and strategies designed to maximize career opportunities upon completion of a four-year degree. This handout has job titles related to business administration majors and also provides occupations within the areas of concentration in accounting, economics, finance, general business, logistics, management marketing, and statistics. Careers

Office Administration is a set of day-to-day activities related to financial planning, billing and recordkeeping, personnel, and physical distribution and logistics, within a business. All organizations need timely and effective office and administrative support to operate efficiently. Office and administrative supervisors and managers coordinate this support. The Office Administration degree is designed to prepare gradautes with skills and knowledge to function as an effective administrative support to be competitive in the global economy. Also decision-making and problem-solving in a diverse environment are stressed with special emphasis on current information technology. Continuing office automation due to new technology will increase office and administrative support workers' productivity and allow a wider variety of tasks to be performed by more people in professional positions, thus creating more and more job opportunities for administrative professionals. Nearly every sector should see a growing demand for administrative managers, administrative assistants, bookkeepers, clerks and customer service employees. Demand for administrative service managers will increase especially in management services, management consulting, and facilities support services firms. Employment growth in the health care and social assistance and legal services industries will also lead to average growth for medical and legal office staff. www.bls.gov