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Do I need an MBA to be a manager?

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Do I need an MBA to be a manager?

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Overall, the simple answer to this is no. However, there are some caveats to that. According to the BLS, most managerial positions only have a bachelor's degree as their typical minimum education requirement. While having an MBA degree can definitely help advance whatever career you have, it is not necessary for advancement in every position. Sometimes, experience is enough to advance in these positions, but it will ultimately depend on the specific employer/position. According to BLS, below are some examples of common managerial positions that usually only require a bachelor's degree, not an MBA.

  • Administrative Services Managers
  • Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers
  • Architectural and Engineering Managers
  • Compensation and Benefits Managers
  • Computer and Information Systems Managers
  • Construction Managers
  • Emergency Management Directors
  • Financial Managers
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Industrial Production Managers
  • Medical and Health Services Managers
  • Natural Sciences Managers
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Managers
  • Sales Managers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Training and Development Managers

For more information about MBAs, check out this article: Master of Business Administration (MBA): Degree Overview

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