Business degrees are among the most popular at both the undergraduate and graduate level in the United States. Many students are lured in by the prospect of high earnings or careers full of travel. Business programs have grown and expanded to accommodate the growing number of applicants and the diversified needs of the professional world, recognizing increasing reliance on technology and the need for highly trained financial professionals or international professionals. However, business schools have also become more competitive, especially at the MBA level.
The majority of business employers require at least a bachelor's degree, though there are opportunities with smaller businesses and non-profits for graduates of community college programs. However, because this field is traditionally so competitive, it is becoming common for students to opt for an MBA program, where they can further develop their personal interests and gain more hands-on experience, which is ideal for business job applicants. Earning a doctoral degree in business is generally not necessary unless an individual hopes to teach business at a community college or university, or is interested in holding extremely high-profile positions with large companies.
Business students who receive well-rounded educations will have a competitive advantage. It is important for a business graduate to be able to demonstrate their skills in finance, economics, leadership, project management, and marketing. However, students who have a specialty will likely still be more marketable.
Other than healthcare or education administration or accounting, almost no business arena mandates certification. However, there are numerous professional organizations that offer certification in different specialized area. This usually only serves as a resume builder or networking tool.
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