What Is Business Management? And Why It Can Be a Great Career Choice

What is Business Management?

Business management is the process of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling the activities of a business or organization to achieve its goals and objectives. It involves overseeing all aspects of a business, from finance and operations to marketing and human resources. Business managers must be skilled in leadership, communication, and problem-solving, and must be able to make strategic decisions that drive the success of the organization.

Every Organization Needs Leaders

Not everyone can be a leader or manager at work, and many people don’t want the responsibilities of overseeing employees and processes. Fortunately, others feel called to work in management roles and want to make a meaningful impact on their teams and their employers.

Some managers go through company training to learn the skills they need. Others who are new to management “learn by doing,” having to figure things out as they go. Some entry-level managers start the job with formal management education under their belts, which helps them be more confident in their supervisory roles.

Associate Degree in Business Management

If a rewarding career in management is on your life’s bucket list, here’s something that can help you conquer that goal: Get a degree in business management.

The University of Cincinnati Online offers an Associate of Business Management Technology (BMTN) degree program that’s focused, flexible, and designed for today’s modern students.

Our BMTN program prepares you to move into an entry-level supervisory or management position in a wide variety of business settings, with a format that allows you to:

  • Study part or full-time. If you attend full-time, you’ll get your associate degree in two years. Your time in the program will move quickly, and you’ll have your degree before you know it.
  • Earn a degree online. 100% of the courses are offered online, and there are no campus visits required — a big time-saver for you.
  • Learn on your schedule. If you want to study on weeknights or prefer the weekend, the program gives you the flexibility you need to balance your studies with work and family obligations.
  • Get the support you need. Our program is 100% engineered for your success. You learn from experienced educators and get access to helpful tools and technical support. We pair you with a Student Success Coordinator who’s with you from enrollment to graduation — they’ll be your biggest champion.

Business Management Curriculum

Our program curriculum is expertly designed to help you excel in the business world. You’ll complete a minimum of 60 credit hours to graduate, studying subjects that include Entrepreneurship, Financial Accounting, Introduction to Marketing, Personal Selling and Sales Management, and Fundamentals of Human Resources.

Completing UC Online’s business management degree equips you with skills that are highly sought after by employers, such as:

  • Effectively communicating in a business setting
  • Analyzing scenarios and drawing suitable conclusions
  • Demonstrating effective team management skills
  • Executing the four functions of management: planning, organizing, leading, and controlling
  • Using critical thinking skills to solve problems and make decisions based on accepted business principles
Managers Are in Demand Today

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects employment in management occupations to grow 8% between 2022 to 2032, faster than the average for all occupations. With a projected 1.1 million openings each year, the opportunities for you to work in management are broad.

If you do some research online, you’ll see a variety of entry-level manager positions, including positions like these:


Job Summary

2023 Median Pay

First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers Supervisors coordinate the activities of retail sales workers in a store or department. Responsibilities may involve managerial tasks like purchasing, budgeting, accounting, and personnel management. $52,030
 Property, Real Estate, and Community Association Managers Property, real estate, and community association managers take care of various aspects of residential, commercial, or industrial properties. They handle tasks like maintenance, renting, and community management. $62,850
Food Service Managers Food service managers oversee the day-to-day running of restaurants or similar places where food and drinks are prepared and served. $63,060
 Lodging Managers Lodging managers make sure guests enjoy their stay at accommodation facilities like a hotel or inn. They also organize and oversee tasks to make sure the place runs smoothly and makes money. $65,360
 Entertainment and Recreation Managers Entertainment and recreation managers organize and oversee activities and operations related to fitness and leisure. They plan and direct various events and programs to ensure people have fun and stay active. $73,460
 Social and Community Service Managers Social and community service managers coordinate and supervise initiatives aimed at supporting public well-being and individuals in need. $77,030
Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers oversee operations that involve growing crops, raising livestock, and producing dairy products on their establishments. $83,770
Administrative Services and Facilities Managers Administrative services and facilities managers are in charge of planning, directing, and coordinating activities that ensure an organization runs smoothly. $104,900

Ready to Grow Your Management Expertise?

A career in business management can offer a range of opportunities for personal and professional growth. With the right education and experience, individuals can develop the skills needed to succeed in this challenging and rewarding field. From leading teams and making strategic decisions to navigating complex business environments, business management requires a diverse set of skills and a commitment to lifelong learning.

Pursuing a degree in business management can be a great way to kickstart your career or take your next step in leadership. Whether you aspire to be an entrepreneur, a corporate executive, or a community leader, an associate degree in business management can help you achieve your goals and make a positive impact on the world around you.

The UC Online staff is ready to answer your questions about the Associate of Business Management Technology program. You can connect online with an advisor, or call our associate degree specialists’ team at 833-556-7877.

We look forward to helping you manage and lead!

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