A career in business administration

The field of business administration is a wide one and it encompasses many types of management positions. Every organisation, be they small or large, needs skilled administrators in order to succeed.

The day-to-day operations of a business are just as important as the long-term plans for the future. If you are naturally organised and a motivated individual, you will thrive in a career in business administration.

Many top business executives have gotten their start working in office administration. So what does a business administrator do on the job? It is up to the business administrator to institute and carry out the organisational goals, policies and procedures. A business administrator also oversees an organisation’s financial activities. They are responsible for managing the general activities of the organisation.

Innovation is usually a by-product of this role as the business administrator has to constantly apply new technologies in the workplace. The business administrator needs to also regularly consult with other executives, staff and board members about operations. The negotiation or approval of contracts and agreements falls under the scope of the business administrator.

In some cases, the appointment of department heads and managers will also fall within the capacity of the business administrator. It is also up to the business administrator to identify where the organisation can cut costs and to also improve performance, policies and programs.

A business administration qualification qualifies you for a mixture of leadership positions and other senior roles in private, public and nonprofit organizations. To name a few, you will be able to work across industries as a business analyst, human resources generalist, operations manager or marketing specialist. Management opportunities increase exponentially with an MBA, the most popular degree awarded in business.

Here are some common types of top executives:

  • Chief financial officers
  • Chief information officers
  • Chief operating officers
  • Chief sustainability officers: General and operations managers

There are so many options for working in business administration, and so many ways to get your foot in the door, hence why it is said that motivated people can climb to the top fast and make positive, lasting contributions to the business.


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