Last updated on October 10, 2019
Continuing on our theme of discussing the U.S. News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2017 list and what that means to DCCCD, we’re talking this week about jobs with management roles. At first glance, you might not necessarily see how each of these jobs are connected. But the thing they have in common is that they will usually require some ability to see things from a “big picture” point of view and keep track of various moving parts. All of them will require some level of people skills, since often these positions will involve hiring and supervising others.
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53. Business Operations Manager
Business operations managers act as a company’s “go-to” person. They might hire people, negotiate contracts, address budget concerns and guide general business operations. Educational requirements can vary — some companies will require a bachelor’s or master’s degree, some won’t. A great way to get started down this path is through an associate degree or certification in Management or Business Administration. Administrative services managers in Texas can earn an annual mean wage of about $133,000, and national employment levels for these positions are projected to grow six percent from 2014 to 2024.
66. Marketing Manager
Marketing managers tend to work on a variety of tasks — they might create brochures, manage ad campaigns or work on website content. As managers, they’re also likely to be in charge of hiring staff and team building, as well as managing budgets and tracking results. They usually have a bachelor’s degree in marketing, business or communications, which you can easily get started on at a college of DCCCD in either our Business Marketing program or our Business Administration program. In Texas, marketing managers make an annual mean wage of about $154,000, with national employment levels projected to grow nine percent from 2014 to 2024.
89. Construction Manager
Moving from #98 in 2016 to #89 in 2017, construction managers take construction projects from start to finish, working with architects and engineers, discussing budgets with cost estimators and working with laborers during the production stage. They might also get work permits, hire contractors, troubleshoot in case of emergencies, schedule walk-throughs and keep clients informed on overall construction progress. Over time, a bachelor’s degree is becoming more important to employers, but you can get started through the Construction Management associate degree program at DCCCD. Practical experience is also extremely important, so if you’re already working in the field but are now seeking a promotion, our associate degree program is a great option. Construction managers in Texas make an annual mean wage of about $96,000. Employment of construction managers is projected to grow five percent from 2014 to 2024.
99. Sales Manager
Making its way onto the Best Jobs Of list for the first time in 2017, sales managers direct the distribution of their company’s product to customers, which involves establishing sales territories as well as setting quotas and goals. Often these jobs will require a bachelor’s or sometimes even a master’s degree in business administration with a focus on marketing. You can get started through an associate degree program in Business Marketing or Business Administration, where you will take courses in business law, economics, management, accounting, mathematics, finance and statistics. The annual mean wage for these jobs in Texas is about $146,000, and the projected employment growth for these jobs is five percent from 2014 to 2024.
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