Business Managers

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.

Quick Facts
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).
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Fair
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the United States; the five states with the highest employment of general and operations managers per thousand jobs are the District of Columbia, Alaska, New Mexico, Maryland, and Georgia.
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
Experience One to two years on the job and/or on-the-job training or certification.
  • Business Management
  • Financial
  • Leadership
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Executive Vice President
  • Vice President
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Assistant Business Manager