Business Managers

Business Manager in Meeting with Staff

Business managers plan, organize, direct, and coordinate the operations of firms in business and industry. They may oversee an entire company, a geographical territory of a company's operations, or a specific department within a company. There are nearly 2 million managerial jobs in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Chief Executive Officers, Chief Financial Officers, Chief Information Officers, Chief Operating Officers, District Managers, Executive Vice Presidents, Presidents, Regional Managers
Duties Business managers supervise the operation of a company or department; implement the company's goals and policies; direct long-range planning for the company or department; coordinate the activities of one or more departments; report to higher officials, such as chief executive officers (CEOs)
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the United States; the states with the highest employment level for business managers are California, Texas, New York, Illinois, and Georgia.
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Mathematics
Experience One to two years on the job and/or on-the-job training or certification
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Leadership
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Executive Vice President
  • Vice President
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Assistant Business Manager