Business and Entrepreneurship Career Cluster


The Business and Entrepreneurship cluster focuses on the organization, operation, management, financing and ownership of businesses. Careers in these fields typically involve planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Opportunities exist in practically every sector of the economy from the creation of new businesses, moving a company’s goals forward and developing sustainable systems that allow organizations to achieve desired outcomes. 

How NIU Gets You There

NIU offers a variety of academic pathways, activities and access to organizations to help you get started on your journey toward a career in business and entrepreneurship. In addition to the majors, you should read business publications that are relevant to your interests, take inventory of your strengths and weaknesses to assess how your strengths give you a competitive edge, network extensively with your peers, and join and participate in business and entrepreneurship-related student organizations. 

Suggested Activities

Explore Your Skills

Skills needed in this cluster

  • Abilities: analytical, math, organizational, speaking
  • Social: communication, customer-service, interpersonal, leadership, listening
  • Personal: decision-making, detail-orientated, problem-solving, time-management

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Industries in this career cluster include:

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Consulting
  • Consumer Products
  • Fashion
  • Financial Services
  • Food and Beverage Services
  • Hotel/Restaurant/Hospitality
  • Human Resources
  • Insurance
  • Management
  • Manufacturing
  • Retail
  • Sales
  • Sports
  • Supply Chain/Logistics

Related NIU Majors

Learn more about career paths related to this cluster, possible job titles, internships obtained by NIU students and employers who have hired NIU graduates.

  • Accountancy
  • Buiness Administration
  • Economics
  • Fashion merchandising
  • Finance
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Operations and Information Management