Management Careers

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Managers oversee the work of others. Therefore they must be strong leaders and have good interpersonal and communication skills. They should also, of course, have experience and expertise in their individual occupations. Let's take a look at several careers in the management field.

Computer and Information Systems Manager

Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate and direct research.

They design the computer-related activities of a firm. Although bachelor's degrees will suffice for some positions, many employers prefer MBAs. Computer and information systems managers earned a median annual salary of $113,720 in 2009.
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Health Services Manager

Health services managers plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the delivery of healthcare. One needs a master's degree in health services administration, long-term care administration or business administration to be a health services manager. Health Services managers earned a median annual salary of $81,850 in 2009.
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Human Resources Specialist

Human resources specialists find the most qualified job candidates for their employers and match them to the jobs for which they are best suited. Human resources specialists also help with employee retention.

To work in this job, one needs a bachelor's degree. Human resources specialists earned a median annual salary of $56,440 in 2009.
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Management Consultant

Management consultants help companies change their structures, increase profits or improve efficiency.

They are also known as management analysts. To work as a management consultant, one needs either an MBA or a master's degree in a related field. The median annual salary for those doing this job was $75,250 in 2009.
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Marketing Manager

Marketing managers are responsible for a firm's marketing strategy. They estimate demand for products, identify markets and set prices. To work as a marketing manager one must have a bachelor's or master's degree with a concentration in marketing. Marketing managers earned a median annual salary of $110,030 in 2009.
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Project Manager

Project managers oversee construction projects. They hire and supervise specialty trade contractors. Project managers once rose through the ranks after years working in the construction trades, but now many employers prefer to hire people who have bachelor's degrees in construction science, construction management, building science or civil engineering. Project managers earned a median annual salary of $82,330 in 2009.
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Principal

Principals manage elementary, middle and secondary schools. A master's degree in education administration or a doctorate or specialized degree in education administration are required for this occupation.

Principals earned a median annual salary of $85,220 in 2009.
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Sources:
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ and
Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor, O*NET Online, on the Internet at http://online.onetcenter.org/ (visited February 21, 2011).

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Comparing Management Careers
 Minimum EducationLicenseMedian Salary
Computer And Information Systems ManagerBachelor'snone$113,720
Health Services ManagerMaster'sRequired for nursing care facility administrators$81,850
Human Resources SpecialistBachelor'snone$56,440
Management ConsultantMaster'snone$75,250
Marketing ManagerBachelor'snone$110,030
Project ManagerNone but bachelor's often preferrednone$82,330
Principal Master'sLicensed as school administrators$85,220