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Careers in Technical Management

The world of business continues to evolve and change on a continuous basis. The modern workplace needs managers that not only have a solid understanding of the fundamentals of business, but also proven management and leadership skills that have been honed through experience. Students in this program will explore management, business, and planning functions through an analytical approach, and focus on development concepts including the latest technologies.

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Useful Skills within the Technical Management Field
  • Communication - Concise writing skills and the ability to speak in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Comprehension - Ability to comprehend complex systems, concepts, and functions.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Managing Time - Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Persuasion - Persuading, encouraging, and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • Problem Solving - Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • Reasoning - Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Career Options

The Bachelor of Science in Technical Management can open opportunities into management and supervisory roles for those who want to parlay their technical experience into the operational aspect of a business. A variety of concentrations from which to choose will allow student to focus on a variety of disciplines that are in demand in today’s global workplace.

As with all majors, the education you receive serves as a foundation of knowledge that prepares you for what you may face in the professional world. The career field you choose may require additional education or experience. With a bachelor’s degree in Technical Management, graduates can seek leadership roles in a variety of fields such as engineering, healthcare, and e-commerce.

To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the business field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry by using our mentoring program in ClearPath (available to current students and alumni), or by speaking with a career coach. 

Getting Started: Internships

Gaining real-life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. The Career Services website has an extensive list of internships and fellowships. Browse through the internships organized by interest or by federal program.

There are government-organized internship programs, many of which require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. The best ways to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, search USAJobs.gov, or look at the agencies' career portals. Keep in mind that these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key.

Pathways

The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).

The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)

PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university.

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation, and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.

Getting Hired: Government Agencies, Organizations, and Search Engines

An education in Technical Management is a portable degree that can be applied to a variety of industries. If you are seeking employment in the federal sector, consider researching positions with the following agencies:

For private sector employment opportunities, consider identifying your chosen field and determining the market leaders for whom you would like to work. Consider industries such as:

  • Banking
  • Technology
  • Construction
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Environmental
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Information Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Manufacturing
  • Occupational Safety
  • Technology
  • Transportation

While many of the major job search engines will have several positions to choose from, those listed below are relevant to the Technical Management field:

Keeping Current: Professional Organizations and Associations

As in any field, it is important to stay abreast of industry news, trends, and the changing technology. In addition to joining organizations specific to your industry, consider becoming a member of organizations dedicated to supporting professionals in all areas of technology and best business practices. 

Get Connected: Social Media

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  • Project Management Institute – LinkedIn
  • Society for Technical Communication – LinkedIn