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4 High-Demand Jobs for Professionals With an MBA in Management

Would you like to become a highly sought-after and effective leader that can work across business sectors? The Arkansas State University (A-State) online Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a Concentration in Management program can elevate your managerial expertise with cutting-edge coursework that combines advanced cognitive theories and practical leadership skills. In this 100% online program, you will develop leadership skills and expertise in managing dynamic teams that can prepare you for a wide variety of in-demand, lucrative positions.

The following four positions are available to graduates of A-State’s online MBA – Management program. Please note that salary information may be higher or lower than listed depending on location and experience.

Project Manager

This position plays a vital role in ensuring the successful execution of projects within organizations. They typically report to senior management or executives, such as a chief operating officer (COO) or chief project officer (CPO). Project managers oversee every aspect of a project’s lifecycle, from conception to completion. Their specific duties include:

  • Define project scope and objectives: Work closely with stakeholders to establish clear project goals and deliverables, ensuring everyone understands what the project aims to achieve.
  • Create detailed project plans: Develop comprehensive project plans that include timelines, resource allocation and task assignments, serving as a roadmap for the project team.
  • Manage resources: Allocate and manage resources, including personnel, budget and materials, to ensure the project stays on track and within budget.
  • Monitor progress: Closely track project progress, identify potential roadblocks or issues and proactively implement solutions to keep the project on course.
  • Communicate and manage expectations: Maintain regular communication with team members, stakeholders and clients, providing updates, addressing concerns and managing expectations to ensure project success.

According to, project managers with an MBA can expect to earn a median salary between $109,365 and $116,472. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also expects this position to grow by 6% by 2032, above average for all occupations.

Human Resources Director

This role is integral to an organization’s people management strategy. An HR director reports to the chief executive officer (CEO) or chief human resources officer (CHRO). In this role, they oversee all aspects of the human resources department and play a critical role in shaping the organization’s workforce. Their specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop strategies: Develop and implement HR strategies and policies for hiring, employee retention, benefits, promotions, training, compliance and more that align with the organization’s overall goals and mission.
  • Acquire and retain talent: Lead recruitment efforts to attract and retain top talent by overseeing hiring processes and ensuring the organization has the right people in the right roles.
  • Train and develop employees: Supervise employee training and development programs to foster skill enhancement and career growth.
  • Manage compliance: Ensure compliance with labor laws, regulations and ethical standards to protect employees and the organization.
  • Oversee compensation and benefits: Manage employee compensation and benefits programs to attract and retain top talent while ensuring competitiveness in the job market.

The BLS reports an average salary of $130,000 for human resources managers. Available positions are should grow by 5% through 2032, faster than the national average.

Business Unit Director or Manager

This position is responsible for driving the success of a specific business unit or division within an organization. They typically report to the CEO or a vice president of operations. In this role, they must balance strategic vision with day-to-day operations. Their specific duties encompass:

  • Develop strategic plans for the unit: Devise and execute business unit strategies that align with the organization’s broader goals and objectives.
  • Manage employee performance: Set clear performance targets and key performance indicators (KPIs) for the business unit and track progress to achieving them.
  • Lead a team: Manage a team of managers and professionals within the business unit, providing leadership and direction to meet strategic goals.
  • Perform market analysis: Analyzing market trends, competition and customer feedback to identify growth opportunities and adapt the business unit’s strategy accordingly. lists an average salary of $85,044 for business unit managers.

Business Consultant

A business consultant is an expert who offers specialized advice to organizations seeking to address specific challenges or improve their operations. They may report to project managers or directly to clients. In this role, they bring their expertise to various projects and initiatives. Their specific responsibilities include:

  • Conduct analyses: Undertake the process of thoroughly analyzing an organization’s processes, operations or challenges to identify areas for improvement.
  • Develop solutions: Create tailored recommendations and solutions that address identified issues and align with the client’s goals.
  • Provide expert guidance in implementation: Collaborate with clients to implement recommended changes and strategies, often requiring effective change management and communication skills.
  • Share expertise: Provide expert insights and guidance in management, finance, marketing or technology to help clients make informed decisions.
  • Train employees in best practices: Share industry best practices and trends and train employees in them to enhance an organization’s efficiency, competitiveness and overall success.

Business consultants earn an average salary of $77,730, according to of Form

How Will a Management MBA Prepare Me for Success in These Careers?

In its 2022 Demand for Graduate Business Degree Report, Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) data shows that MBAs are the predominant credential sought in graduate management education (GME), and management degrees are the third most popular program types considered. Another GMAC study finds that 86% of 2022 business school graduates landed jobs before graduation, up from 80% in 2021. While MBAs in management are in high demand, choosing the right program is critical.

A-State’s AACSB-accredited online MBA – Management program curriculum enables students to develop business acumen, critical and strategic thinking, analytics proficiency, leadership skills and other qualities necessary for success and job security in high-level management and executive roles.

Many program graduates hit the ground running in management positions quickly following graduation, and many more land their chosen roles before graduating. Often, working professionals can pursue leadership career paths in different industries or sectors. If you are ready to elevate your career and your organization, this program provides the versatile academic foundation and the training you need to succeed in a range of career paths.

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