Exploring a Career in Business Management

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Description of the Major
Skills Needed
Sample Occupations
Organizations that have employed Mason Management Graduates
Professional Associations
Student Clubs
SOM Career Library Resources



The management major prepares students to lead people, think strategically, and create successful organizational environments. This includes learning how to motivate human capital, encourage teamwork, identify competitive advantage, build and change organizations, negotiate effectively, make decisions, and succeed in diverse and multicultural work environments. The management major focuses on giving students the skills necessary to set the direction for organizations in a changing world and bring people together to achieve objectives.

Additional information:

  • Median salary in 2011: $78,490
  • Projected growth: More than average (20-28%)

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Skills Needed

  • Computer software: Working proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher; Adobe Photoshop
  • Communication skills: Ability to convey messages effectively with coworkers and clients; comfortable with public speaking
  • English language proficiency
  • Teamwork: Ability to work well with others; delegate tasks; deliver presentations
  • Time management: Ability to work under tight deadlines; handle multiple tasks/assignments
  • Managerial experience: Working in office with others as a team, supervision of other co-workers.
  • Clerical operations: Office experience, protocol

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Online Resources for Career Research


Employer Sites


Sample Occupations

(Connected to the Bureau of Labor and Statistic’s online Occupational Outlook Handbook)

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Organizations that have employed Mason Management Graduates

Accenture, Booz Allen Hamilton, Century 21 Capital Realty Corp., Department of Defense, Department of the Interior, Department of the Navy, Department of Transportation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, General Dynamics Network Systems, General Services Administration, GRC International, IBM, Jobin Realty, Lockheed Martin, MITRE, Praxis, Inc., Prudential Relocation, SAIC, Sallie Mae, SRA International, Stanley Associates, U.S. Army, and TRW

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Sample Professional Associations

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Student Clubs

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Sample SOM Career Services Library Resources

  • 101 Best Resumes to Sell Yourself
  • Best 109 Internships
  • Internship Bible
  • Big Book of Jobs (03-04)
  • Ace your Case – Consulting Interviews
  • Career Opportunities in Banking, Finance and Insurance
  • Careers in International Business
  • Foot in the Door: Networking your way into the hidden job market
  • Networking Survival Guide: Getting success by tapping into the people you know
  • Princeton Review Guide to your Career
  • Vault Career Guide to Marketing and Brand Management
  • Vault Guide to Top 50 Consulting Firms
  • WetFeet Insider Guide to Careers in Real Estate

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George Mason University School of Management

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 15 percent of all AACSB accredited business schools, the School of Management is one of only 10 percent of business schools worldwide that is accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.





Main Campus
School of Management
4400 University Drive, MS 1B1
Enterprise Hall
Fairfax, VA 22030

AACSB Accreditation