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Department of Applied Business Studies
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
McCartney Hall 113
Phone: 785-628-4772
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Careers in Applied Business Studies

Graduates in Applied Business Studies are in high demand and enjoy high placement rates with competitive salaries when they enter the workforce. Because of our emphasis on applied business learning experiences (including real-world work opportunities like internships, our graduates have a placement rate of over 90%—one of the highest in the state. And there’s never been a better time to earn a degree in an Applied Business Studies field. Check out these facts:

• Travel and tourism in the United States is a $1.3 trillion industry and is among the nation’s largest employers with 13 million direct travel-related jobs. 
• According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall employment in marketing careers is expected to increase over the next several years. 

Our degrees prepare you for careers in multiple industries across the private sector, government, and in education. With an Applied Business Studies degree, you can enjoy careers like:

Business Teacher Licensure

Computer Teacher
Marketing Teacher
Curriculum Developer

Corporate Communication

Communications Specialist
Chief Communications Officer
Labor Relations Specialist
Media Relations Specialist
Public Relations Specialist

Training and Development

Training Manager
Business Development Director
Compliance Director
Director of Training and Development
Learning and Development Director


Product Management
Brand Management
Advertising Executive
Sales Manager
Marketing Research Consultant

Tourism and Hospitality Management

Cruise Director
Casino Manager
Event Planner
Restaurant Owner
Meeting and Convention Management


While some degree programs require an internship to graduate, completing a summer or semester-long internship is an excellent way for any student to learn more about potential careers. Interns gain practical experience and network with industry professionals. Experiences like these will help prepare you for graduation and what lies ahead. Our faculty have strong industry contacts that will help you find the internship that is right for you. Here are our Guidelines for Internship and Mentor Programs (PDF).

Careers Resources

Career Builder
FHSU Career Services
O*NET Online (hotel & hospitality jobs) (jobs & internships for college students)

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