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Returning to school when you have a full-time job and a family requires sacrifice and hard work, and you want your investment to pay off.
There are several reasons you may be interested in going back to school. Whether you want to ensure your education stays up to date or you are looking for career growth opportunities, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) can help prepare you for management and leadership roles in an increasingly competitive work environment. There is an additional consideration too. More U.S. jobs are requiring an advanced degree, such as an MBA.
Before exploring MBA career paths, let’s discuss how this advanced degree can prepare you for today’s complex business environment.
Today’s Jobs Increasingly Require Academic Preparation
The U.S. employment landscape has changed dramatically. According to the 2016 report “The State of American Jobs” by the Pew Research Center, the number of U.S. jobs that require post-secondary education has increased. The report cites two primary reasons: the decline in manufacturing and an increase in knowledge-intensive jobs.
What Can You Do with an MBA?
Here are some examples of the opportunities you could pursue with an MBA and the expectations for job growth in those fields in the coming years.
Administrative Services Managers
These people plan, direct, and coordinate all the supportive services of a company. Although their responsibilities may vary by industry and the specific organization they work for, they are usually in charge of maintaining the facilities and activities related to recordkeeping, mail distribution, and office upkeep. While the BLS states that a bachelor’s degree is the typical requirement for someone to become an administrative services manager, holding an MBA may give prospective job candidates an advantage.
The BLS projects that employment of administrative services managers will grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
Also known as management consultants, people in these roles advise companies on how to improve efficiency. They make suggestions on how to become more profitable through reduced costs and increased revenues. According to the BLS, a bachelor’s degree is required to become a management analyst, but some companies prefer to hire someone who holds an MBA.
The BLS projects that employment of management analysts will grow 14 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
Elevate Your Value as an Employee with an MBA
You may want to earn your MBA to position yourself as a subject matter expert in your field, to make a greater contribution in your current position, or to prepare yourself for advancement within your company. A Master of Business Administration from Purdue University Global is designed to prepare you for business management and corporate leadership roles, including positions in:
• Management of Information Systems
• Human Resources
A Faster Path to Your MBA with ExcelTrack™
The ExcelTrack™ option of Purdue Global’s online MBA is a personalized, competency-based degree path that gives you more control over how you learn—allowing you to earn the same MBA degree faster, for less money. It lets you build off of the knowledge and experience you already have and concentrate only on the skills you need to learn to advance your career. Purdue Global’s online MBA program prepares students to face the workforce challenges of tomorrow. To learn more about our online MBA program and request information, visit Edcor.PurdueGlobal.edu.
National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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