Management and Organizations

Career Opportunities for Management Majors

No matter what industry or profession you aspire to enter (health care, Wall Street, government, law, manufacturing, international business, technology, etc.), the ability to lead, communicate, collaborate, and create a workplace that transforms talent into extraordinary performance is essential.

A management major provides endless opportunities for you to make a positive difference where you work and live. The Pomerantz Career Center provides a number of resources to help you in your career search, including a list of sample job titles for management majors. Below we provide a bit more information about the types of responsibilities you'll have in common with careers in management.

Sample Careers and Responsibilities

Human Resource Manager
  • Plan strategies, policies, and programs relating to all phases of human capital management, including team member relations, legal compliance, and talent acquisition, development, and retention
  • Oversee communication strategies and needs
  • Identify current and future talent needs; create and implement plans to meet those work force needs
  • Develop metrics and analyze data trends to facilitate the work force planning process and measure HR effectiveness
  • Advise managers and other human resource professionals in appropriate resolution of team member relation issues
  • Identify legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting the human resource function and ensure policies, procedures, and reporting are in compliance with state and federal law
  • Oversee and continuously improve recruitment and selection processes
Employee Benefits Manager
  • Design and administer an organizations benefits program, including health, pension, disability insurance, life and accidental death, parental leave, child and elder care, long-term nursing home care insurance, employee assistance and wellness programs, and flexible benefits plans
  • Keep abreast of changing federal and state regulations and legislation that may impact employee benefits
  • Work with compensation manager to develop total package for employee
  • Prepare and monitor budget
Compensation Manager
  • Collect and examine detailed information about job duties to prepare job descriptions
  • Conduct surveys to see how wage rates compare with others (competitive market analysis)
  • Oversee the firm's performance evaluation system to ensure differentiation and fairness
  • Design reward systems such as pay for performance plans and variable compensation
  • Prepare and monitor budget
Retail Store Manager
  • Use business, leadership, and people skills to inspire exceptional performance
  • Ensure great guest service and team member satisfaction
  • Assist with recruiting and hiring your team
  • Strive to achieve sales goals and maintain budget controls
  • Act as leader on duty, opening and closing the store on assigned days
  • Drive sales by overseeing the guest service and merchandising of two-three departments
  • Maintain contacts within the community and may travel extensively, often to college campuses, to search for promising job applicants
  • Screen, interview, and sometimes test applicants
  • Must be thoroughly familiar with the organization, its culture, and personnel policies to discuss wages, working conditions, and promotional opportunities with prospective employees
  • Must keep informed about equal employment opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action guidelines and laws such as the American with Disabilities Act
  • May check references and extend job offers
Project Assistant
  • Provide project support, including accurate and timely data entry
  • Report preparation
  • Data aggregation
  • Professional internal customer service for data entry and reporting issues
  • Conducting basic research and fact finding for reports
Project Manager
  • Create schedules, tracking, reporting, and other project management documentation
  • Provide day-to-day project management and execute against the plan including the dimensions of scope, quality, time, cost, resources, communication, issue resolution, risk mitigation, procurement, and integration
  • Provide leadership and direction for project team
  • Effectively manage stakeholder interactions and expectations
  • Responsible for adhering to detailed plans and budget
  • Keep appropriate parties informed of activity progress and challenges
  • Facilitate effective discussions in group meetings with diverse, cross-functional backgrounds participating
  • Use contingency planning, prioritization, and delegation to achieve timely completion
  • Build appropriate internal network with stakeholders and customers
Human Resources Generalist
  • May handle all aspects of human resources work, requiring a broad range of knowledge
  • Responsibilities can vary widely depending on the employer's needs. Examples include:
    • Providing administrative support to the HR team
    • Serving as primary back up for the receptionist
    • Processing benefit changes and reconciling billing statements
    • Communicating with service providers
    • Conducting new hire orientations
    • Creating interview packets
    • Maintaining recruitment tracking
Training Specialist
  • Plan, organize, and direct a wide range of training activities
  • Conduct performance assessments to identify gaps and possible solutions
  • Identify and assess training needs
  • Plan and develop training initiatives
  • Measure and evaluate training effectiveness
  • Conduct orientation sessions and arrange on-the-job training for new employees
  • Set up individualized training plans to strengthen an employee's existing skills or develop new ones
  • Set up leadership and executive development programs
  • Maintain database of attendance of training program participants
Labor Relations Specialist
  • Prepare information for management to use when a collective bargaining agreement is up for negotiation
  • Understand and apply labor law and collective bargaining trends
  • Interpret and administer the labor contract with respect to grievances, wages and salaries, employee welfare, health care, pensions, union and management practices, and other contractual stipulations
  • Participate in dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration
Organizational Development Manager
  • Identify, develop, and deploy business-driven talent development strategies
  • Coordinate assessment of existing training and development programs as well as training needs
  • Lead in the curriculum development of world-class training programs
  • Drive global process sharing to support work force development for training and certification programs
  • Lead efforts to develop liaisons with educational institutions regionally to support training and development programs
  • Develop and deploy tools to create high levels of employee engagement and leadership effectiveness
  • Develop and deploy tools to ensure retention of top performers and key skills
  • Assist in the tracking of measurements and analytics to determine overall effectiveness of talent management initiatives
Manufacturing Supervisor
  • Lead the activities of team members in meeting production requirements in accordance with work instructions and company policy to ensure a quality product delivered on time
  • Responsible for implementing and maintaining safety standards as required by law and company policy
  • Implement job-related training for all employees in his/her department
  • Coach and provide technical expertise to resolve production issues and create and ensure corrective actions are implemented
  • Responsible for creating a high morale workplace with the highest ethical standards
  • Manage the scheduling of production: set work schedules, provide training and coaching, conduct performance evaluations, and set departmental goals and expectations
  • Supervisory responsibility includes management of employee performance, hiring, discipline, development, and recourse planning
  • Ensure the appropriate level of accountability for facility goals and objectives at the team leaders' and team members' levels
  • Plan and monitor capacity maximization for the department
  • Monitor and take appropriate timely improvement action to meet production quality and quantity
  • Utilize problem-solving techniques, teamwork-building strategies, process control, and continuous process improvement tools to meet or exceed the facility key operating statistics
  • Develop, monitor, and implement departmental budgets and production forecasts