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A concentration in Organizational Behavior prepares you for a variety of career paths that typically require individuals to possess a thorough understanding of the complexities of business environments. Some careers require working as part of the managerial staff to resolve organizational issues, solve complex business problems as a management consultant, or relate to employees as a human resources professional. Individuals with expertise in a particular industry may be at an advantage; therefore, students often combine OB with another concentration.
Position Yourself for Success
  • Seek experiences or projects in which you perform tasks such as evaluating applicants, working as part of a team, presenting, selling, teaching, supervising, managing databases and organizing large amounts of paperwork and/or on-line documents. Learn about psychology, statistics, human resource policy and writing.
  • Companies usually hire as-needed for Human Resources positions, so be ready to interview close to or after graduation.
OB-related jobs exist in every industry, from law to healthcare to financial services to hospitality, so take the time to narrow your focus. What industry do you wish to enter?
Some large companies recruit OB graduates into rotational training programs in HR or general management. These are often very competitive, so prepare early!
Sample on-the-job Responsibilities
  • Research materials and maintain database relevant to designing, implementing and monitoring executive compensation plans for the company’s senior management teams.
  • Coordinate and conduct new hire orientation.
  • Conduct research to understand broad industry dynamics and organization-specific issues, including finance, compensation, corporate performance, and performance management.
  • Maintain/manage new employee files, training schedules, service awards and the employee referral program.
  • Pre-screen, track applicants, handle background checks and pull together new hire information.
  • Address, assign, and/or coordinate the appropriate Human Resource or University resource to address staff, student, and faculty inquiries, regarding benefits, payroll, consulting and staffing, and general directions.
Sample Entry Level Job Titles
  • Assignment or Identification Clerk
  • Assistant Business Analyst
  • Consultant
  • Financial Advisor
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Interviewer
  • Management Consultant
  • Participant Services Specialist
  • Payroll Administrator
  • Recruiting Assistant
  • Teacher
  • Travel Planner
Sample list of employers of BU alums with a concentration in OB:
  • American Express
  • BoozAllenHamilton
  • Circles
  • Ernst & Young
  • Forrester Research
  • Gimmill Ramatex
  • Grant Thornton
  • Mercer Human Resource Consulting
  • PTC
  • Teach for America
Career opportunities which often require additional experience or education:
  • Branch Manager
  • Consultant
  • Counselor
  • Employee Benefits Analyst
  • Employee Relations Director
  • Human Resource Manager
  • Lawyer
  • Personnel Manager
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Trainer

Transferable Skills

  • Analytical
  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Relationship Building
  • Planning and organizing
Web Resources
For additional information and detailed descriptions of possible career options, please refer to the Occupational Outlook Handbook,
  • Human Resources, Training, and Labor Relations Managers
  • Human Resources Assistants
  • Employment Services
  • Instructional Coordinators
  • Psychologists
  • Administrative Services Managers