Business Administration

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BC’s Business Administration program will introduce you to the world of business and give you a foundation in accounting, finance, and economics to build upon after transferring to a 4-year institution in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Our faculty members are experienced professionals who bring real-world experience into the classroom, providing students with hands-on learning opportunities that help them to apply their knowledge to real-life situations.

business handshakeWhat is Business Administration?

Business administration is the study of managing and directing business operations to achieve specific goals and objectives. It covers various areas of management such as finance, marketing, human resources, operations, and strategy. Business administration programs typically include courses in economics, accounting, management, business law, and other related areas. The goal of business administration education is to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills in individuals, as well as a comprehensive understanding of how businesses function and how to make effective decisions in a complex business environment.

Is Business Administration for Me?

The study of business administration may be a good fit for individuals who possess certain characteristics and skills, including:

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Interest in business operations, strategy, and management
  • Ability to work effectively in a team
  • Ability to think critically and make decisions under pressure
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills
  • Creativity and innovation
  • Leadership potential
  • Adaptability and flexibility

However, it's important to note that not everyone who possesses these qualities will necessarily enjoy or excel in a career in business administration. Ultimately, the best way to determine if business administration is a good fit is to gain exposure to the field through internships, shadowing, or other opportunities and to talk to professionals in the industry.

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Careers in Business Administration

Graduates with an Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) degree in Business Administration can pursue a variety of careers in the business and administrative fields. Some common career paths for business administration graduates include:

  • Office Manager: Manages the day-to-day operations of an office, including supervising staff, handling finances, and ensuring smooth and efficient operations.
  • Sales Representative: Sells products and services to customers and develops and maintains customer relationships.
  • Customer Service Representative: Assists customers with their needs and resolves any issues they may have with products or services.
  • Marketing Coordinator: Helps plan and execute marketing strategies and campaigns and supports the development of marketing materials.
  • Human Resources Assistant: Supports the human resources department by performing tasks such as recruiting, hiring, and training employees.
  • Account Manager: Manages relationships with clients and ensures their satisfaction with the company's products or services.
  • Financial Services Representative: Assists customers with their financial needs, such as investments, loans, and insurance products.

These are just a few of the many career paths available to graduates with an AS-T in Business Administration. With the growing demand for skilled professionals in the business and administrative fields, the job outlook for business administration graduates is very positive, and the field offers many opportunities for growth and advancement.

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Beyond BC

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Graduates with an Associate Degree from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Business Education

Career & Learning Pathway: Business Pathway

Courses: Business Administration (BSAD)

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