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Careers to Fit Your MBA

Online MBA in Accounting

  • Accountants prepare state and federal taxes, analyze financial information and keep accurate financial records for a wide variety of clients. The median annual salary for accountants was $59,430 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job opportunities for accountants are projected to be favorable, particularly for CPAs, as faster than average employment growth is expected for these professionals through 2018, the Bureau notes.
  • Auditors are responsible for looking over an organization’s financials to check for fraud, mismanagement or waste. The median annual salary for auditors was $59,430 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job opportunities for auditors are expected to be favorable as the number of businesses that need auditing services increases through 2018, the Bureau notes.
  • Tax examiners work for local, state and federal government bodies and look closely over filed tax returns to make sure they are accurate and error free. The median annual salary for tax examiners was $48,100 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average employment growth is expected for tax examiners through 2018, with job openings determined by the number of retirements in the field, the Bureau indicates.

Online MBA in Economics

  • Economists conduct research into how society distributes resources, analyze the data, identify trends and provide forecasts on a wide variety of issues. The median annual salary for economists was $83,590 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for economists is projected to be slower than average, with master’s and doctorate degree holders having the best job prospects, the Bureau notes.
  • Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses, corporations and individuals by analyzing financial data and weighing in on how stocks, bonds, commodities and other investments are performing. The median annual salary for financial analysts was $73,150 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although job growth for financial analysts is projected to be much faster than average—increasing 20 percent from 2008 to 2018—graduates can expect fierce competition for work.
  • Management analysts examine an organization’s structure, efficiency and profits and make recommendations on how they can be improved. The median annual salary for management analysts was $73,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Management analysts can expect faster than average job growth of 24 percent through 2018 and intense competition for jobs, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Environmental Management

  • Natural sciences managers are in charge of directing work in the life and physical sciences, overseeing research and development projects and coordinating testing, quality control and production activities. The median annual salary for natural sciences managers was $112,800 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for natural sciences managers is projected to be about as fast as average between 2008 and 2018, with the best job prospects available to those with strong communication and business management skills, the Bureau notes.
  • Environmental scientists and specialists make recommendations on how to minimize adverse impacts on the environment and find solutions to problems that cause damage to it. The median annual salary for environmental scientists and specialists was $59,750 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow much faster than average over the 2008-18 decade and favorable job prospects are predicted.
  • Conservation scientists work to improve the natural environment, helping landowners to implement safeguards. The median annual salary for conservation scientists was $58,720 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of conservation scientists is projected to grow about as fast as average, with the best job prospects expected within government, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Finance

  • Financial managers provide oversight in the preparation of financial reports, recommend and direct investments, and develop strategies for cash management. The median annual salary for financial managers was $99,333 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average job growth is expected for financial managers between 2008 and 2018, and heightened competition for jobs is typical, the Bureau notes.
  • Personal financial advisers make financial recommendations, helping individuals manage their wealth, meet their financial goals and prepare for retirement. The median annual salary for personal financial advisers was $69,050 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even though job growth for personal financial advisers is projected to be faster than average through 2018, intense competition is expected for jobs and clients, the Bureau notes.
  • Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses, corporations and individuals by analyzing financial data and advising on how stocks, bonds, commodities and other investments are performing. The median annual salary for financial analysts was $73,150 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although job growth for financial analysts is projected to be much faster than average—increasing 20 percent between 2008 and 2018—graduates can expect keen competition for work.

Online MBA in Global Management

  • Chief executive officers (CEOs) work at the top of the company chain to come up with strategies and policies to help push forward the goals and objectives of the organization. The median annual salary for CEOs was $158,560 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among CEOs, and strong competition is present in the field; the best job prospects will be for those with knowledge of international economics and several languages, the Bureau notes.
  • General and operations managers manage all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and robust competition is present in the field; the best job prospects will be for those with knowledge of international economics and several languages, the Bureau notes.
  • Management analysts examine an organization’s structure, efficiency and profits and make recommendations on how they can be improved. The median annual salary for management analysts was $73,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Management analysts can expect faster than average job growth of 24 percent through 2018 and fierce competition for jobs, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Health Care Management

  • Medical and health services managers direct and coordinate the delivery of health care provided by a facility or system and often manage financials. The median annual salary for medical and health services managers was $80,240 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are projected to be good for medical and health services managers, particularly for those with strong business management skills, the Bureau notes.
  • Nursing home administrators manage the day-to-day activities of nursing homes, including personnel, finances, operations and admissions. The median annual salary for medical and health services managers who worked in the nursing home industry was $71,190, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are projected to be good for nursing home administrators, along with other medical and health services managers, particularly for those with strong business management skills, the Bureau notes.
  • Social and community service managers are in charge of directing and coordinating the day-to-day activities of a social service or community outreach organization. The median annual salary was $57,950 as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. High-employment industries include individual and family services and local and state government, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Human Resources

  • Human resources managers direct the hiring, training, presentation of benefits and retention of personnel for an organization. Their median annual salary was $96,130 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of human resources managers and similar positions is projected to grow 22 percent—much faster than average—in the 2008-18 decade, the Bureau notes.
  • Training and development managers are in charge of making sure that personnel know how to do their jobs properly and the cross-training, recruiting and retention of employees. Their median annual salary was $87,700 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of human resources managers and similar positions is projected to grow 22 percent, or much faster than average, in the 2008-18 decade, the Bureau notes.
  • Compensation and benefits managers are in charge of analyzing current pay structures and job descriptions and determining what the compensation and benefits of certain employees should be according to their tenure with the company. Their median annual salary was $86,500 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of human resources managers and similar positions is projected to grow 22 percent—much faster than average—in the 2008-18 decade, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Information Security

  • Information security analysts are responsible for putting security measures in place to protect an organization’s computer networks. They are included among computer systems analysts, whose median annual earnings were $75,500 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects should be excellent for information security analysts and other computer systems analysts, with 20 percent job growth predicted between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau notes.
  • Computer and information systems managers are in charge of the technology component of organizations, directing the maintenance of current technology, making sure it is up to date and recommending upgrades as necessary. Their median annual salary was $112,210 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects for these professionals should be excellent, as job growth is projected to be faster than average, the Bureau notes.
  • Database administrators are in charge of implementing common-sense ways of storing and organizing the information in an organization’s computer databases. The median annual salary for database administrators was $69,740 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for database administrators is projected to be much faster than average through 2018 because of high demand for their services, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Information Technology

  • Computer and information systems managers are in charge of the technology component of organizations, directing the maintenance of current technology, making sure it is up to date and recommending upgrades as necessary. Their median annual salary was $112,210 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects for these professionals should be excellent, as employment growth is projected to be faster than average, the Bureau notes.
  • Computer systems analysts are responsible for making sure various computer systems are operating properly and efficiently and are tailored to meet an organization’s goals. Their median annual salary was $75,500 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment prospects should be excellent for computer systems analysts, with 20 percent job growth predicted between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau notes.
  • Database administrators are in charge of implementing common-sense ways of storing and organizing the information in an organization’s computer databases. The median annual salary for database administrators was $69,740 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for database administrators is projected to be much faster than average through 2018 because of high demand for their services, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Leadership

  • Administrative services managers are responsible for handling miscellaneous behind-the-scenes work—such as equipment procurement, mail processing and records management—that allows organizations to run smoothly. The median annual salary for administrative services managers was $73,520 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for these professionals is projected to be about as fast as average with robust competition for higher-level management jobs, the Bureau notes.
  • General and operations managers oversee all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and intense competition for jobs should be expected, the Bureau notes.
  • Property, real estate and community association managers are responsible for overseeing the maintenance and logistics of properties as well as community associations. The median annual salary for these professionals was $46,130 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average job growth is projected through 2018, but those who have a college degree in business administration will experience more positive job prospects, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Marketing

  • Marketing managers direct and coordinate efforts to promote an organization’s products or services and identify target audiences for them. The median annual salary for marketing managers as of May 2008 was $108,580, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for marketing managers will grow by 12 percent in the 2008-18 decade, or about as fast as average, with strong competition for jobs.
  • Advertising managers are in charge of the creative and financial aspects of promotional campaigns. The median annual salary for advertising managers was $80,220 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for advertising managers is projected to be stagnant between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau notes.
  • Public relations managers are in charge of making sure their clients are viewed favorably in the eyes of the public, sending out information to the media and other resources about them. The median annual salary for public relations managers was $89,430 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These professionals can expect to see average job growth between 2008 and 2018, with openings arising from those who retire, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Organizational Leadership

  • General and operations managers oversee all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and intense competition should be expected, the Bureau notes.
  • Chief executive officers (CEOs) work at the top of the company chain to come up with strategies and policies to help push forward the goals and objectives of the organization. The median annual salary for CEOs was $158,560 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among CEOs, and keen competition is present in the field, the Bureau notes.
  • Administrative services managers are responsible for the handling of miscellaneous behind-the-scenes work—such as equipment procurement, mail processing and records management—that allows organizations to run smoothly. The median annual salary for administrative services managers was $73,520 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for these professionals is projected to be about as fast as average with strong competition for higher-level management jobs, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Project Management

  • Project managers are responsible for overseeing projects from beginning to end, providing direction on time, cost and scope. The median annual salary for project managers was $96,000, according to a 2006 survey by the Project Management Institute, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics noted. Informal evidence suggests job prospects will be best in high-tech industries, although numerous jobs will also be available in construction.
  • General and operations managers manage all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and fierce competition should be expected, the Bureau notes.
  • Cost estimators come up with information on overall costs for a project as well as those for individual phases, factoring in labor and materials. Their median annual salary was $56,510 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Cost estimators can expect good job opportunities and much faster than average job growth between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau noted.

Online MBA in Risk Management

  • Financial managers provide oversight in the preparation of financial reports, recommend and direct investments, and develop strategies for cash management. The median annual salary for financial managers was $99,333 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average job growth is expected for financial managers between 2008 and 2018 and strong competition for jobs is typical, the Bureau notes.
  • Insurance underwriters are responsible for calculating the risk involved with insuring certain policyholders and determining the appropriate premium to manage that risk. The median annual salary for insurance underwriters was $56,790 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are projected to be good in the industry because of high turnover, even though job growth is projected to decline slightly, the Bureau notes.
  • Actuaries typically work in the insurance industry, where they calculate the risk of certain events occurring, and help draft policies that will best minimize the potential cost of that risk in the future. Their median annual salary was $84,810 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Online MBA in Supply Chain Management

  • Industrial production managers direct and coordinate the production of various goods in manufacturing centers, focusing on quantity and quality. Their median annual salary was $83,290 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Although overall job growth is expected to decline moderately, those with experience in production and a college degree in management will experience the best job prospects, the Bureau notes.
  • Operations research analysts use mathematical models to communicate information about an organization’s operations efficiency to its management team members, helping them shape their policy accordingly based on hard data. Their median annual salary was $69,000 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Excellent job prospects are expected, and the Bureau projects employment to grow much faster than average.
  • General and operations managers oversee all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and strong competition should be expected, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Acquisitions

  • Chief executive officers (CEOs) work at the top of the company chain to come up with strategies and policies to help push forward the goals and objectives of the organization. The median annual salary for CEOs was $158,560 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among CEOs, and robust competition is present in the field; the best job prospects will be for those with knowledge of international economics and several languages, the Bureau notes.
  • Financial managers provide oversight in the preparation of financial reports, recommend and direct investments, and develop strategies for cash management. The median annual salary for financial managers was $99,330 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average job growth is expected for financial managers between 2008 and 2018 and fierce competition for jobs is typical, the Bureau notes.
  • General and operations managers oversee all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and intense competition should be expected, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Entrepreneurship

  • Chief executive officers (CEOs) work at the top of the company chain to come up with strategies and policies to help push forward the goals and objectives of the organization. The median annual salary for CEOs was $158,560 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among CEOs, and keen competition is present in the field; the best job prospects will be for those with knowledge of international economics, marketing and information systems, the Bureau notes.
  • Computer and information systems managers are in charge of the technology component of organizations, directing the maintenance of current technology, making sure it is up to date and recommending upgrades as necessary. Their median annual salary was $112,210 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects for these professionals should be excellent, as employment growth is projected to be faster than average, the Bureau notes.
  • General and operations managers manage all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and robust competition should be expected, the Bureau notes.

Online Executive MBA

  • Chief executive officers (CEOs) work at the top of the company chain to come up with strategies and policies to help push forward the goals and objectives of the organization. The median annual salary for CEOs was $158,560 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among CEOs, and strong competition is present in the field; the best job prospects will be for those with knowledge of international economics, marketing and information systems, the Bureau notes.
  • General and operations managers manage all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and fierce competition should be expected, the Bureau notes.
  • Financial managers provide oversight in the preparation of financial reports, recommend and direct investments, and develop strategies for cash management. The median annual salary for financial managers was $99,330 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average job growth is expected for financial managers between 2008 and 2018 and intense competition for jobs is typical, the Bureau notes.

Online Master of Business Administration

  • Accountants prepare state and federal taxes, analyze financial information and keep accurate financial records for a wide variety of clients. The median annual salary for accountants was $59,430 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job opportunities for accountants are projected to be favorable, particularly for CPAs, as faster than average employment growth is expected between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau notes.
  • Financial managers provide oversight in the preparation of financial reports, recommend and direct investments, and develop strategies for cash management. The median annual salary for financial managers was $99,330 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average job growth is expected for financial managers between 2008 and 2018 and intense competition for jobs is typical, the Bureau notes.
  • Human resources managers direct the hiring, training, presentation of benefits and retention of personnel for an organization. Their median annual salary was $96,130 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of human resources managers and similar positions is projected to grow 22 percent—much faster than average—in the 2008-18 decade, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Health Care Administration

  • Medical and health services managers direct and coordinate the delivery of health care provided by a facility or system and often oversee financials. The median annual salary for medical and health services managers was $80,240 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are projected to be good for medical and health services managers, particularly for those with strong business management skills, the Bureau notes.
  • Nursing home administrators manage the day-to-day activities of nursing homes, including personnel, finances, operations and admissions. The median annual salary for medical and health services managers who worked in the nursing home industry was $71,190, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are projected to be good for nursing home administrators—along with other medical and health services managers—particularly for those with strong business management skills, the Bureau notes.
  • Health information managers are responsible for providing oversight on the maintaining and securing of patient records stored electronically. The median annual salary for medical and health services managers, which includes health information managers, was $80,240 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are projected to be good for medical and health services managers, particularly for those with strong business management skills, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Hospitality Management

  • Lodging managers oversee the day-to-day operations of hotels and motels, ensuring patrons have a comfortable room, a hot meal and options for entertainment. The median annual salary for lodging managers was $45,800 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even though slower than average employment growth is expected in the industry, jobs should still open up because of reasonable turnover rates, the Bureau notes.
  • Food service managers are responsible for the day-to-day operations of restaurants, buffets and banquet halls. The median annual salary for food service managers was $46,320 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects for food service managers should be good because of turnover, despite slower than average employment growth in the industry, the Bureau notes.
  • Gaming managers oversee the operations and personnel in casinos. The median annual salary for gaming managers was $68,290 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Online MBA in Information Management

  • Computer and information systems managers are in charge of the technology component of organizations, directing the maintenance of current technology, making sure it is up to date and recommending upgrades as necessary. Their median annual salary was $112,210 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects for these professionals should be excellent, as employment growth is projected to be faster than average, the Bureau notes.
  • Computer systems analysts are responsible for making sure computer systems are operating properly and efficiently and are tailored to meet an organization’s goals. Their median annual salary was $75,500 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects should be excellent for computer systems analysts, with 20 percent job growth predicted between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau notes.
  • Computer programmers write, update, repair, modify and expand computer programs at an organization. The median annual salary for computer programmers was $69,620 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for computer programmers is projected to decline slowly through 2018 because of outsourcing and other factors, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Information Systems

  • Computer and information systems managers are in charge of the technology component of organizations, directing the maintenance of current technology, making sure it is up to date and recommending upgrades as necessary. Their median annual salary was $112,210 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects for these professionals should be excellent, as employment growth is projected to be faster than average, the Bureau notes.
  • Network systems and data communication analysts monitor an organization’s networks, installing hardware and software and troubleshooting problems. Their median annual salary was $71,100 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Network systems and data communication analysts can expect a whopping 53 percent job growth between 2008 and 2018, as these workers are projected to be in high demand, the Bureau notes.
  • Computer systems analysts are responsible for making sure computer systems are operating properly and efficiently and are tailored to meet an organization’s goals. Their median annual salary was $75,500 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects should be excellent for computer systems analysts, with 20 percent employment growth predicted between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in International Business

  • Chief executive officers (CEOs) work at the top of the company chain to come up with strategies and policies to help push forward the goals and objectives of the organization. The median annual salary for CEOs was $158,560 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among CEOs, and keen competition is present in the field; the best employment prospects will be for those with knowledge of international economics and several languages, the Bureau notes.
  • General and operations managers oversee all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and strong competition is present in the field; the best employment prospects will be for those with knowledge of international economics and several languages, the Bureau notes.
  • Management analysts examine an organization’s structure, efficiency and profits and make recommendations on how they can be improved. The median annual salary for management analysts was $73,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Management analysts can expect faster than average job growth of 24 percent through 2018 and robust competition for jobs, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Management

  • Human resources managers direct the hiring, training, presentation of benefits and retention of personnel for an organization. Their median annual salary was $96,130 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of human resources managers and similar positions is projected to grow 22 percent—much faster than average—in the 2008-18 decade, the Bureau notes.
  • Management analysts examine an organization’s structure, efficiency and profits and make recommendations on how they can be improved. The median annual salary for management analysts was $73,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Management analysts can expect faster than average job growth of 24 percent through 2018 and fierce competition for jobs, the Bureau notes.
  • Purchasing managers are responsible for buying products, goods and services for companies, aiming to get the highest quality items for the lowest cost by evaluating suppliers. The median annual salary for purchasing managers was $89,160 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment of purchasing managers is expected to remain stagnant through 2018, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Operations Management

  • General and operations managers oversee all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and intense competition is expected, the Bureau notes.
  • Management analysts examine an organization’s structure, efficiency and profits and make recommendations on how they can be improved. The median annual salary for management analysts was $73,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Management analysts can expect faster than average job growth of 24 percent through 2018 and strong competition for jobs, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Professional Studies

  • Administrative services managers are responsible for the handling of miscellaneous behind-the-scenes work—such as equipment procurement, mail processing and records management—that allows organizations to run smoothly. The median annual salary for administrative services managers was $73,520 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for these professionals is projected to be about as fast as average with keen competition for higher-level management jobs, the Bureau notes.
  • General and operations managers oversee all departments of the organization they work for as well as conduct day-to-day supervisory activities. The median annual salary for general and operations managers was $91,570 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth is expected to remain stagnant among general and operations managers, and intense competition is expected, the Bureau notes.
  • Marketing managers direct and coordinate efforts to promote an organization’s products and services and identify target audiences for them. The median annual salary for marketing managers as of May 2008 was $108,580, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects for marketing managers will grow by 12 percent in the 2008-18 decade—about as fast as average—with robust competition for jobs.

Online MBA in Public Administration

  • Financial managers often work for the federal government overseeing financials in a department, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or the Treasury. The average annual salary for federal workers working in financial management was $119,671 as of March 2009, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall employment in federal government is projected to grow 10 percent between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau notes.
  • Medical and health services managers direct and coordinate the delivery of health care provided by a facility or system and often oversee financials. The median annual salary for medical and health services managers was $80,240 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are projected to be good for medical and health services managers, particularly for those with strong business management skills, the Bureau notes.
  • Social workers are employed largely in health care and assistance programs, helping connect individuals with various problems to institutions or support that can meet their needs. The median annual salary for medical and public health social workers was $46,650 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects for social workers are projected to be favorable, with faster than average employment growth expected through 2018, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Sports Management

  • Sports agents represent and promote athletes, and help negotiate the best possible deals with future employers along with handling other business. The median annual salary for agents and business managers of artists, performers and athletes was $63,130 as of May 2010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • Athletic directors serve as administrators at high schools, colleges and universities, providing oversight of coaches and drawing up budgets for athletics. Annual salaries for athletic directors range from $26,793 to $96,086 as of March 2012, depending on experience, tenure and job responsibilities, according to limited information from Payscale.com. The competition for these jobs is fierce, and those with coaching and management experience will have the best prospects.
  • Public relations managers are in charge of making sure their clients are viewed favorably in the eyes of the public, and send out information to the media and other resources about them. The median annual salary for public relations managers was $89,430 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. These professionals can expect to see average employment growth between 2008 and 2018, with job openings arising from those who retire, the Bureau notes.

Online MBA in Technology

  • Computer and information systems managers are in charge of the technology component of organizations, directing the maintenance of current technology, making sure it is up to date and recommending upgrades as necessary. Their median annual salary was $112,210 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects for these professionals should be excellent, as employment growth is projected to be faster than average, the Bureau notes.
  • Database administrators are in charge of implementing common-sense ways of storing and organizing the information in an organization’s computer databases. The median annual salary for database administrators was $69,740 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job growth for database administrators is projected to be much faster than average through 2018 because of high demand for their services, the Bureau notes.
  • Computer systems analysts are responsible for making sure computer systems are operating properly and efficiently and are tailored to meet an organization’s goals. Their median annual salary was $75,500 as of May 2008, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects should be excellent for computer systems analysts, with 20 percent employment growth predicted between 2008 and 2018, the Bureau notes.