Supply Chain Management (SCM) is the design and management of seamless, value added processes across organizational boundaries to meet the needs the end customer. It involves the management and planning of all activities involved in all logistics management activities, conversion, and procurement and sourcing (Institute for Supply Management ISM).
With more than 1.5 million workers in 2011, the Information Technology (IT) industry is the largest of any computer-related industry. This industry is so strong, that it was mostly unaffected by the recession. Today, IT professionals are in higher demand than ever before, and top salaries have attracted the nation’s best talent. To compete in this high-level field, graduates need more than a bachelor’s degree. An MBA with a Concentration in Information Technology is fast-becoming the degree of choice for aspiring IT Managers and corporations alike.
The ability to analyze accounting information and make decisions that improve the value of businesses can be a great asset in the corporate world. A Concentration in Accounting can prepare students for these tasks and more. In fact, many accounting concentrations even prepare graduates for the Uniform CPA examination. The accounting concentration consists of a rigorous curriculum that typically includes advanced coursework in the areas of auditing, managerial & cost accounting, business law, international tax, corporate taxation, and accounting for the digital era.
Strategic Managers help businesses and corporations improve efficiency and profitability. Also called “Management Analysts” or “Management Consultants,” Strategic Managers are in demand in just about every industry, with expected job growth of 22 percent by 2020. Besides being highly sought after, Strategic Managers earn one of the highest salaries in the world of business management. To prepare for entry into this lucrative field, many graduates opt for an MBA with a Concentration in Strategic Management.
Sports Managers handle organizing, directing, and planning activities for sports organizations and businesses. These include amateur, college and professional athletics; sports apparel, nutrition, supplements, and drinks; hotels and resorts, and fitness clubs.
Social Media has become such a valuable marketing tool for business that the demand for Social Media Specialists is soaring. Although young in comparison to most other career fields, Social Media Marketing is extremely competitive and so are many of the MBA programs that offer a Concentration in Social Media or Social Media Marketing. The good news is, once you have mastered the skills needed to compete in this new and exciting field, you can expect a very competitive salary and a large collection of job titles to choose from.
Risk Management & Insurance professionals analyze many areas of business and finance such as compensation, taxation, retirement funds, and liabilities while keeping in line with a corporations culture, goals, policies, ethics, and values.
High-level Retail Managers typically run one or more retail outlets. They train and develop staff, set sales targets, drive team performance, maximize sales and profitability, manage marketing campaigns, set and enforce customer service standards, and more. Retail Managers rarely sit behind a desk and a hefty amount of travel is common—especially for managers that are responsible for multiple retail venues.
Real Estate professionals engage in a number of activities from overseeing real estate transactions for property firms to managing homeowner and condominium associations. They work for large corporate residential and/or commercial real estate firms or boutique agencies, or they might own their own business. The real estate industry is certainly making a comeback and the demand for experienced professionals is rising once again. To prepare for entry into this (still) lucrative field, many graduates are now opting for an MBA with a Concentration in Real Estate.
Graduates with a background in Quality Management may hold titles such as Project or Human Resources Manager for large corporations, they may work in quality control and management, or in executive or C-level business positions. To prepare for entry into this field, graduates may opt for an MBA with a Concentration in Quality Management.
The Public Sector is the part of the economy that supplies commodities and services to any or all members of a community. It includes of commodities and services such as utilities, public transportation, the military, police and fire departments, primary education, public roads, and healthcare for the impoverished. Due to the overwhelming need for these commodities and services, the demand is extremely high for leaders in the Public Sector. A Concentration in Public Sector Management/Administration can help prepare graduates for entry into this in-demand career field.
Public Relations Managers work either in-house or for a public relations firm, they may work for a consulting firm or have their own business. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, PR Managers are responsible for creating and maintaining a favorable public image for their employer or client. They accomplish this by creating content and writing press releases, managing public relations programs, and leading fundraising activities.
A Project Manager is often the most visible team member to clients and upper management on any given project. They are responsible for coordinating and overseeing the work of designers, engineers, architects, and other professionals. They manage time, costs, and other goals for the duration of a project. Project Managers work in all industries from aerospace to construction to politics. To obtain the skills needed to enter this demanding field, graduates typically choose an MBA with a Concentration in Project Management.