How to Become a Business Administrator

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The title "business administrator" is a very general term that can be categorized under a variety of job descriptions. A business administrator can be an accountant that oversees the administration of bookkeeping duties for a company, a marketing consultant who is in charge of how the company advertises itself, or someone who administers benefits plans. An administrator could simply be a business manager at any type of business. To become a business administrator you need to learn how to manage people and processes while keeping the company's bottom line in mind at all times.

  • Attend business administration classes. Attend a business training program or go to a college that has a good business program. Major in business management or administration. (You may also be able to work backwards by applying for a job at a company that is hiring management trainees for administrator positions. In this case the training is paid.)

  • Decide what type of business you would like to work in as a business administrator. Business administrators are needed in some capacity in every industry from oil to food services. You can either try to work at a major corporation or at a business that deals more directly with customers (such as an administrator who works behind the scenes at a retail store).

  • Visit the career center at your college or ask for guidance from the instructors at your business training program. They should be able to lead you in the right direction as far as companies that are hiring business administration graduates, how to apply, and how to get your resume and cover letter up to par.

  • Create a resume that is especially designed for a business administration candidate. Your objective should be clearly stated as "seeking a job in business administration" or something similar. See the Resources section for an ideal resume format for a candidate for a business administrator job.

  • Put your resume and cover letter on top job listing sites like Monster and Careerbuilder. Do a search for "business administration" or "business manager" to find available positions in your area. You can also just search within your desired industry and see if there are administrator positions currently available.

  • When interviewing for business administration positions, focus on the things that you learned in your business management and administration courses that you feel would directly help the company. Discuss your ability to relate with, work with and manage people. Explain why you specifically have an interest in becoming a business administrator over all other types of jobs.

Tips & Warnings

  • Most business administrators can make between $40,000 and $85,000 depending on the industry they are in and their experience level.

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