Craig School of Business


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Your degree in business will open a wide variety of doors for your future career. Possibilities are endless and can range from accounting, loan officers, financial managers, production managers, retail store management and more.

As a Missouri Western graduate, you will be among fellow alumni who hold impressive management positions in several private and corporate businesses, both locally and across the nation. Many also own their own successful businesses. Visit our alumni information to learn more about CSB gradates and their success stories.


Did you know that the demand for accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent between 2010 and 2020? That means students like you will have ample career opportunities after graduation. Demand for your knowledge is on the rise. If you are earning your degree in accounting, here are just some of the career options that are possible:

Accountant- Accountants hold one of the top 3 jobs in the business field, according the Bureau of Labor Analysis. Accountants have a passion for numbers, are organized and detail-oriented and possesses a high degree of integrity.

Internal Revenue Service Special Agent- If numbers and investigation are your strong points, there may be a job for you at the IRS. The IRS hires agents specifically to investigate potential criminal activity related to financial records. Agents work closely with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and many other federal agencies.

Chief Financial Officer- As a CFO, you are responsible for your company’s financial goals, budgets and spending habits.You are in charge of economic strategies, spending projections, investing and many other aspects of the financial needs of a business.

Bookkeeper- Bookkeepers are detailed-oriented. Your job as a bookkeeper will require you to be accurate and efficient with a range of basic financial tasks that are critical to your company’s ability to keep accurate financial information. You would be expected to handle large volumes of routine financial transactions in areas such as sales, purchases, and payroll.


If you have chosen finance as your area of expertise for your career, then you are in luck. Analysis from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that employment for financial analysts is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations between 2010 and 2020. You will have access to numerous opportunities both regionally and nationally, in a number of different financial career choices. Your knowledge in financial advising, management and analysis will give you an edge up on the competition. Below are just a few career opportunities that are available to finance majors:

Financial Analyst- In this career, you research the economic conditions of your industry and business in order to offer financial and investment recommendations. For example, you would advise your business or clients on buying or selling a company’s stock based upon its overall current and predicted strength. You are also responsible for preparing financial models to predict future economic conditions for any number of variables.

Investment Banking Analyst- In the banking sector, you would interpret financial data and economic trends that enable you to offer investment advice. Your clients can vary from wealthy investors to government agencies that are looking to issue stocks and bonds, so you must display diverse communication skills alongside your bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Auditor- Your job as a financial auditor is to provide review of companies’ financial statements and ensure that their public records are accurate and in compliance with existing legislation. You are responsible for developing financial reports for your company’s records as well as for tax preparation and more.


As an administrative manager, you will be responsible to coordinate and direct the supportive services of an organization. Your responsibilities will vary, so you will be a very versatile asset to your organization. In your management position, you will have many specific career choices, ranging from Human Resources to sales and marketing. Here are several careers to consider if you are pursuing a degree in business management:

General Manager- As a general manager of a business, you are responsible for assigning work and schedules, human resources and overseeing the daily operations of the company. You will work with all aspects of the administration and multiple divisions inside the company. You must be familiar with all of the departments and elements inside your company. Communication, leadership and people skills are all must haves in this position.

Human Resources- Your job as a Human Resource manager or director puts you in charge of the policies and procedures used to run a company. You oversee and supervise multiple aspects of the business, including employee relations, insurance policies, orientation, hiring, and many more.

Hotel, Motel or Resort Manager- As a manager in a hotel, resort or motel, you are responsible for the personnel and financial operations, as well as the marketing activities of your business. Establishments of considerate size may employ different managers for different departments and you may oversee various services such as event planning, travel advising and more.


In the marketing business, you will determine the wants and needs of your customer and provide products and services that meet those needs. This takes research, development and personal relations on top of extensive knowledge about product development, sales, creativity and marketing communications. You have chosen a lucrative career that will continue to be an essential need for every business and organization. Here are some examples of careers that are possible with a marketing degree.

Brand Manager- Your job as a brand manager requires you to ensure your business’s brand has a positive reputation. To do this, you are in charge of advertising plans and marketing strategies. You also oversee all promotion and implement all aspects of branding.

Market Research Analyst- As a market research analyst, you investigate what drives consumer behavior in your specific market and provide this information to companies interested in selling their products in that market. You perform surveys, research market trends, and provide data analysis using statistical software.

Public Relations- If you specialize in public relations, you wear many hats. You ensure your business maintains a positive public image in their field and target audience. You are in charge of press releases and implementing your brand’s message on all public platforms including media campaigns and information sharing.