June 30, 2016
In all kinds of fields, from electronics to construction to manufacturing, technical and logistical knowledge is crucial for the job, but advancing to a management position often requires a technical degree. Getting a BS in Technical Management from Southern New Hampshire University's online program can help you make that jump without interrupting your career.
The bachelor's degree program gives technical workers the know-how and credentials that businesses are looking for when they need to promote someone into a management track.
Dr. Joseph Cappa, executive director of Undergraduate Business Programs for SNHU's College of Online and Continuing Education, said students in the program often already have associate degrees in technical fields. That might be automotive technology, construction engineering, electronic technology, manufacturing, wind power technology, or another similar field.
"They may have operations, logistics, supply chain type roles in addition to the technical backgrounds, but they need additional courses or skill sets to step into managerial roles," Cappa said. "They are people with entry to mid-level experience looking to advance."
If that sounds like you, this technical degree program might be the way to win a big promotion, or find a position at a different firm that lets you take on a leadership role.
The benefits of seeking a management position are clear. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that construction managers, who typically need to have a bachelor's degree, earn an average salary of $87,400 a year. The equivalent position in manufacturing pays $93,940.*
Beyond the financial rewards, stepping into a management position means having the power to help influence your company's operations and make sure processes go smoothly for employees and customers alike. The technical degree program will teach you skills like planning a major project's costs, scheduling, logistics and risks, and shepherding it through from start to finish. The courses cover ways to optimize resource usage, keep expenses down and troubleshoot issues that may arise. You'll also learn Six Sigma methodology, which is in demand at many businesses of all sizes.
In an increasingly global economy, it's no longer enough for businesses to do the same things they've always done. Manufacturers must update their technology and supply chain practices to compete with firms in China and India - not to mention the firm next door that's introducing new practices all the time. Construction companies are creating new divisions to install solar panels and maximize building efficiency to meet customer demand for green buildings. A whole new industry is emerging to harness wind energy and reduce our dependence on coal and oil.
Technical professionals who understand the complicated questions that come out of these changes are poised to find exciting new work to do. There's enormous demand for employees ready to take on leadership roles. For example, a recent survey by the Associated General Contractors of America found that 52 percent of contractor firms were having trouble filling salaried positions, particularly for supervisors and project managers. Managers with technical degrees, who understand the challenges of becoming leaner, managing budgets for growth or entering a whole new market, are a valuable asset. The SNHU online technical management BS degree can provide you with the skills you'll need to handle these big-picture issues and apply them in real time at your own company.
Among the areas covered in SNHU's online technical management degree program are:
The online program at SNHU means you can get your work done in the evenings, on your day off or whenever it makes sense for you. The technical degree program offers six 9-week terms per year. By remaining at work while pursuing your education, you'll be positioned to apply for jobs at your company, or elsewhere, that demand a bachelor's degree. Meanwhile, you'll be able to show what you know by applying your new understanding of Six Sigma or project management software on the job.
The courses within the program are taught by instructors with real-world experience, who can help you understand exactly how the material you'll be learning is relevant in your technical field. They also have an understanding of the career tracks available to skilled technical workers with management credentials and can provide guidance on your career path. If you're looking for a new job, SNHU also has a nationwide network of alumni who can provide help getting anything from an internship to a career-track position.
If you've always wanted to expand your skills in the technical realm and become a company leader, this could be the time to make the move. Having a strong grasp of management skills can open the door to salary increases and also provides the chance to guide a company toward greater success in an increasingly complex market. To get started, contact an SNHU admission team member today.
* Job market data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook is intended to provide insight on occupational opportunities and is not to be construed as a guarantee of salary or job title. SNHU cannot guarantee employment.
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