Management Career Options

What is Management?

Those with careers in management make decisions and direct resources that may include strategy, operations, recruiting, training and development, dispute resolution and other human resource issues. Careers in management stretch across many industries, including nonprofits, government agencies and the private sector.

What can I do with a major in management?

Managers require the ability to adapt to a fast-paced, constantly changing business environment that can include local, national and international business issues, and which may stretch across any sector or industry.

Managers make decisions and direct resources within business functions that may include strategy, operations, recruiting, training and development, dispute resolution and other human resource issues.

Management-level positions are projected to grow at an average rate in most areas of the profession. Areas of growth include managers and specialists who can provide human resource support for new companies. Students graduating with a major in management and who have previous internship experience in the field should have better job opportunities.

Learn more about undergraduate and graduate management programs offered at the Mike Ilitch School of Business.

Areas of Management

Traditional Career Titles

Entry-Level Management Titles

Top Industries

  • Sales Manager
  • Bank Manager
  • General and Operations Manager
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Assistant Director
  • Management Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Public Administrator
  • HR Administrator
  • Business Analyst
  • Sales Representative
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Coordinator/Generalist
  • Project Coordinator
  • Hotel Manager
  • Property/Real Estate Manager
  • Personnel Manager
  • Healthcare
  • Travel & Tourism
  • Manufacturing
  • Federal and State Government
  • Computer Science
  • Education
  • Real Estate
  • Retail
  • Non-profit

Guide to internships and full-time employment

Management or Leadership Programs (MDP/LDP)

Many Leadership Development Programs are not intended to build several management skills, but aim to develop high-level managers with significant experience within a single function. MDP/LDP programs can be found in multiple industries. Most of the development programs are rotational in nature, lasting from one to three years and can encompass several rotations of varying lengths. The rotations are designed to provide exposure to different functional and/or business units within the firm and to provide opportunities to build your transferable and functional skills. MDP/LDP is a concentrated effort to develop the talent needed to continue to meet the leadership demands of the organization.

Career fair

Career fairs are held each year for all business school students and alumni. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet with employers for internships, co-op positions and full-time employment. Login to Handshake to search for upcoming career fairs and make an appointment with Career Planning and Placement for a resume review ahead of time!


  • Internships occur during the fall, winter and summer months. Students apply for internships throughout the year.
  • Recruiting for full-time employment typically occurs during the semester prior to a position's expected start date.
  • Browse the list of helpful resources on the back of this brochure, or apply directly on the company's website.

Quick prep tips

  1. Create your profile on Handshake.
  2. Submit your resume for review and approval on Handshake or schedule an appointment with a career advisor to review.
  3. Research potential internships and employers, apply for positions, and register for career fairs and other events.
  4. Meet with a career advisor for one-on-one guidance. Know your options! Research companies in accounting.
  5. Attend meet & greets, company presentations and career fair prep workshops, and mock interviews.
  6. Need help with professional attire? Make an appointment to check out the Mary Ann Goldsberry Professional Dress Closet located in Career Planning and Placement, Suite 299.

Helpful Resources