What is Management? Management is both the art and science of getting things done, effectively and efficiently, through people and other resources.  Effective managers plan the goals and strategy of the organization; organize people and tasks to achieve the goals; lead, motivate, and direct people in achieving the goals; and control the entire process through the use of data analysis, performance monitoring, and correction.  Every organization employs skilled managers to achieve its objectives.  Management is, and will continue to be, one of the most critical functions in the survival and growth of every business and organization.  If you plan to own and operate your own small business, management skills are a must.

Job Opportunities

Every organization is in need of skilled managers, whether the organization is a small business, a non-profit organization, a government agency, or a Fortune 500 company. Companies continually recruit and offer positions to candidates with the training and experience to manage both capital and human resources.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, first-line supervisors are in demand.  Entry level management jobs are expected to experience 9% growth between 2008 and 2018 in the Sacramento region and throughout California. Sales managers are expected to be in even higher demand, with 15% growth in demand projected between 2008 and 2018. A sense of status, prestige, and power come with being a manager, and often a higher level of pay. In California the median pay for first-line office managers is $55,000 per year.  Experienced managers can earn into six figures, depending on the level of responsibility and experience brought to the job.  Formal training with an Associate, Bachelor, or Master degree will speed up the process, providing you with valuable skills for the marketplace.

Necessary Skills

If you are interested in a management career, you must be adaptable and enjoy working in a potentially fast-paced environment.  Because managers spend considerable time interacting with other people, you should have excellent interpersonal skills and good written and communication skills.  Developing and nurturing a team of great people can be both fun and rewarding.  You should have good judgment and be comfortable making decisions under pressure.  Managers should also be able to plan ahead and create strategies for business success.

Pathways to Completion

Check out the different degree and certificate options below. Get an idea of what major-related courses you'd need to take each semester to graduate in two years. Meet with a counselor or chat with your professor to find out what the best option is for you.

  • Management Program

    The Associate in Science Degree program is designed for those who wish to progress to positions of responsibility and management in business.  Its strong management focus provides the knowledge… MORE >>

  • Business Administration for Transfer

    This Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer degree provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University. Students with… MORE >>