A business degree is the most popular degree earned at colleges and universities in the US. In 2016, out of a total of 1,920,718 degrees earned, 19.4% were business degrees. While in Mississippi, 21.4% of adults held a degree in business. There’s good reason for that. People with business degrees – either specialized or general – are in demand at almost every organization. Employers need the skills that a business degree gives you.

Let’s look closer at the options and opportunities that earning a business degree can give you.

The Benefits of Having a Business Degree

  1. HIGHER PAY. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for business and financial occupations last year was $68,350, which is 77% higher than the median annual wage for all occupations

  2. LEARN GREAT SKILLS. As you complete your business degree, the classes you’ll take will prepare you for a lifetime of success. A strong understanding of business operations is an asset to ANY organization looking to succeed and grow. Your business classes will prepare you with invaluable career skills – critical thinking, strong communication, budgeting, time management and more.

  3. OPTIONS. OPTIONS. OPTIONS. With a degree in business, you’re qualified for a wide range of positions. You can work toward more specialized area of business – accounting, finance, auditing, etc. Or look in fields where your general business knowledge and skills can be put to good use – marketing, sales, consulting, human resources, and so many more.

  4. YOU’LL BE IN DEMAND. This year, employers plan to hire 16.6% more people with college degrees than they did last year. Which means they’re looking for people like you. (according to the NACE Job Outlook 2019 Survey)

Be Your Own Boss

And the sweetest reason of all to study business… learning the skills to be your own boss. Knowing how businesses operate is crucial to starting and building a company of your own. So earning a business degree is very important if you have the entrepreneurial spirit.

Now’s The Time

If you have your eye on a specific job that requires a business degree, or you’re just looking to add valuable skills to your resume, don’t put it off. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that positions available for people with business degrees will grow approximately 10% every year through 2026

Closer to home, MSWorks reports there are over 42,000 job openings in Mississippi alone. Many of which are high-paying positions that require a degree.

Going back to school can seem overwhelming at first, but it’s likely that all of your time and effort will pay off – and leave you with business skills that last a lifetime.

If you're a bit rusty from being out of school for a while, you’re not alone. The good news is that colleges will work hard to help you get back in to the swing of things. Professors are more than happy to answer questions and most campuses offer a variety of tutoring options.

Another great source of support are the personal coaches in The Complete 2 Compete (C2C) Program. They can help you chart the course to a degree. The C2C team helps Mississippi adults complete their degrees, including business degrees, to prepare them for new careers in a world of industries from investments to marketing to sports management and more.

We're here to help you complete your degree. Where it takes you after that is entirely up to you! For more information about C2C, please contact us.