Business Technology Management - A Career Overview

It is important to understand that employers hire people, not degrees. The skills and knowledge you develop as a result of your education, as well as in your work and community activities, have the greatest impact on hiring decisions. Listed below are some specific knowledge and transferable skills you will acquire as a result of your university education and your focus on Business Technology Mangement.

Specific Knowledge Skills

  • Strategic planning and implementation to meet organizational goals
  • Enterprise architecture
  • Systems analysis and design using the Unified Modelling Language (UML)
  • Project management theory and tools
  • Knowledge of technology innovation and management strategies
  • Effective data management techniques to enhance performance and improve security
  • Knowledge of software development processes
  • Ability to determine the appropriate allocation of resources, finances, materials and personnel
  • Knowledge of business and IT-focused law including: intellectual property, licensing, security, and privacy
  • Interpersonal communication, negotiation, change management and leadership skills
  • Critical thinking skills and an understanding of contemporary challenges, issues and trends
  • Ability to research, analyze, synthesize and clearly communicate findings in oral and written formats

Valuable Transferable Skills

Information-gathering and Communication Skills

  • The skills required to identify and access a wide range of relevant information and resources
  • The ability to compile and organize facts and information and to comprehend and apply new and/or unfamiliar information to different situations and settings
  • Skills in preparing interesting, creative and informative presentations which target diverse audiences
  • The ability to develop attractive/effective reports, presentations and materials using current technology

Thinking, Planning and Organizational Skills

  • The ability to learn, understand and interpret information and apply knowledge to new situations
  • The ability to set priorities, meet deadlines and effectively plan/manage time, data and resources
  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make well-reasoned decisions, think creatively and search for, identify and consider all sides of an issue
  • Skills to effectively analyze and interpret a wide range of information and data to discuss, support and/or reject ideas, opinions, reports, theories and proposals

Teamwork and Management Skills

  • Skills enabling you to work effectively as part of a team by identifying your role and contributing, through leading, teaching, motivating and/or encouraging others, to the success of the team
  • An understanding of how to successfully identify, plan and contribute to the goals of a project
  • The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task

Career Options (Samples Only. Additional education, training or experience may be required.)

Business Technology Management
Business Systems Analyst
Database Architect
Database Developer/Analyst
E-Business Consultant
Enterprise Architect
Help Desk Representative
Information Security Analyst
IT Accessibility Specialist
IT Auditor
Product Manager
Program Manager
Project Manager
Quality Assurance Analyst
Research Analyst
Systems Tester

Technical Analyst
Technical Project Co-ordinator
Technical Sales Representative
Technical Writer
User Support Co-ordinator
Web/Social Media Developer
Financial Analyst
Insurance Claims Adjuster
Insurance Underwriter
Investment Banker
Management Consultant
Research and Development
Securities Analyst
Business Development Officer
Operations Research Analyst
Product Co-ordinator
Supply Chain Analyst
Acquisition Specialist
Brand Strategist
Digital Marketing Co-ordinator
E-Commerce Specialist
Market Research Analyst
Marketing Analytics Specialist
Marketing Specialist
Media Buyer/Planner
Social Media Analyst
Compensation and Benefits
Corporate Trainer
Employee Relations Specialist
HR Information Systems Manager
Health and Safety Co-ordinator


Career Cruising (login: wlu, password: laurier) -
CareerMash -
Information Technology Association of Canada -
Canadian Information Processing Society -
Computer Data Networks -
Project Management Association of Canada -
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) -
Project Management Institute (PMI) -
Society for Technical Communication -
Canadian Professional Sales Association -
Interactive Ontario -
Software Hamilton -
Laurier LaunchPad -
Communitech (Waterloo Region) -
Human Resources Professionals Association -
Supply Chain Management Association -
Canadian Marketing Association -
Chartered Professional Accountants Ontario -

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In addition, the Career Centre has compiled Career Profiles from Laurier alumni. Read about their career paths and how their experiences have led them to their current roles.

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