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How to Shape Your Career Path With a Business Master’s Degree

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Earning a business master’s degree is one of the best investments you can make when planning for your future. The breadth of career paths open to candidates with a business master’s degree continues to expand as new areas of business emerge. Likewise, as employers seek candidates with in-depth knowledge and experience, more degree options are created to meet the needs of those looking to get ahead in their chosen field.  

What opportunities are open to you?

While there are dozens of business master’s degrees available, the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) Corporate Recruiters Survey Report tells us that one thing remains constant: the skills and knowledge you develop in b-school are in demand around the world. So whatever direction you want to take your career, and wherever you want to work, you’ve got more options to make that happen than ever before. Whether you’re looking to capitalize on new trends in your industry or want to be on the forefront of opportunities in emerging global markets, your path is wide open.  

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What fields are in demand?

As global issues such as security, trade, climate, health care, and manufacturing evolve, new careers emerge out of necessity. Meanwhile, exciting developments in areas such as technology, logistics, data science, artificial intelligence, and more are influencing traditional business markets. It’s no surprise that businesses around the world are looking for candidates who can not only keep up, but also help to set the pace. 

Engineering management
Infrastructure development is a hot topic as countries work to update aging infrastructure, while emerging economies are creating a demand for new people in areas where they haven’t been needed before.

Operations management
Saying that operations managers oversee the day-to-day operations of a company seems like an oversimplification. Human resources, raw materials, policy development—these are just a few of the things that an operations team needs to address. There are many opportunities for career specialization within this area alone.

Health care management
Health care is an industry with an ongoing need for more qualified and dedicated professionals. While doctors, RNs, LPNs, CNAs, and others perform the daily work of patient care, health care administrators make sure those physicians have the resources they need to get the job done. 

Financial managers
Companies need finance professionals who understand the landscape of technology as it impacts forecasting, investing, payroll, and expenses. Successful companies want someone who can keep them ahead of the technology curve while staying grounded in sound financial management practices.

These are just a few of the exciting opportunities taking place in emerging and traditional industries. Read more about what recruiters are looking for in response to current trends, and the factors driving hiring demands this year in the GMAC 2018 Corporate Recruiters Survey.

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