Unexpected Career Paths for Business Majors

The business degree–it’s not just for banking, finance and CEOs anymore.

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There was a time when most business majors earned their degrees and quickly found jobs working in banks and businesses ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small start-ups. Today’s business majors are still doing that–and they’re landing jobs in other, unexpected areas.

Here’s a list of four surprising career paths people who earned their degrees by pursuing an online business degree:

Public Relations

Many business majors find themselves reading “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” the best-selling book by business guru Dale Carnegie. The funny thing about this is that “winning friends” and “influencing people” is exactly what public relations professionals do on a daily basis.

Public relations is all about communicating with audiences through mass media channels such as the mainstream media, events and social media. It requires the ability to write effectively, think critically, set clear goals and think on your feet in an increasingly digital world–all skills taught through online business courses.


You know who makes the best teachers? Often it’s people who are savvy about business.

Education is all about helping people reach their goals, and perhaps no one is better at identifying goals and taking the steps to reach them than business majors. And, with more and more K-12 education moving toward the internet, people who’ve earned their degrees online–especially when they’ve taken online business courses–are often well-prepared to succeed as teachers.

In fact, many states aggressively recruit business majors and people with business experience to be teachers because business skills translate so well to the classroom.


Every college and university in the country needs people to help prospective students navigate the admissions process. These admissions professionals are the people who go to recruiting events, assist students in writing their personal statements and helping them secure financial aid.

Business majors make great admissions professionals because they’ve been through the admissions process, they understand the finances of higher education and they can speak to the value of a college degree. It’s also a job that requires critical-thinking skills, the ability to analyze data and make decisions about a person’s ability to follow through on a deal–all skills that business majors develop through their online business courses.

Non-Profit Executive

Non-profit organizations do a lot of good in the world. They help people in need find jobs, get enough to eat and improve their lives through education. And they’re really good at it.

What many are not so good at is managing their finances, growing their service lines and building community support through strategic partnerships. These are all skills business majors have, which is why so many non-profit organizations like to hire them.
Author: Joe Whyte