Explore the Business and Administration
Are you good at working with numbers?
Are you good at working with other people?
Are you a natural leader?
Are you entrepreneurial?
Do you have a talent for organizing and planning?
Are you precise, responsible, and creative?
Did you answer yes to two or more of these questions? If so, business and administration
may be a good choice for you. This career cluster includes a wide variety of occupations,
- Human resources manager
- Administrative assistant
- Information systems manager
- Management analyst
- Marketing manager
Jobs in the business and administration career cluster involve planning, organizing,
directing, performing, and evaluating business functions essential to effective
and productive business operations.
Career Pathways in Business and Administration
A career pathway is an area of concentration within a career cluster. Each
pathway contains a group of careers requiring similar academic and technical skills
as well as similar industry certifications or postsecondary education. The business
and administration career cluster comprises six pathways: financial management
and accounting, human resources, administrative and information support, business
analysis, management, and marketing and communications.
Financial Management and Accounting
Workers in this pathway perform a company's financial operations, tracking
sales and expenses, planning budgets, handling invoicing, receiving payments,
preparing tax statements, and more. Jobs include auditor, accountant, tax examiner,
bookkeeping clerk, and auditing clerk.
This pathway focuses on the management of people. Jobs include labor relations
manager, personnel manager, industrial-organizational psychologist, and human
Administrative and Information Support
Workers in this pathway help a company operate efficiently. Jobs include receptionist,
secretary, mail clerk, information systems manager, transcriptionist, database
manager, office manager, and records clerk.
This pathway covers any activity that helps people understand how a particular
aspect of a business works. Workers in this pathway include management consultants,
management analysts, operations analysts, systems analysts, and business analysts.
Management is the direction or control of a business or enterprise. Management
occupations include administrative manager, restaurant manager, hotel manager,
marketing manager, advertising manager, small business entrepreneur, and retail
Marketing and Communications
Workers in this pathway help their firms market and sell products and services
more effectively. Jobs include marketing assistant, market researcher, marketing
manager, marketing director, public relations specialist, product developer, and
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of the business and administration career cluster.
Print and Internet Resources
These Print and Internet Resources offer references for career cluster exploration,
including trade, professional, and business associations, government departments
and agencies, labor unions, and cluster-specific career Web sites.
Business and Administration Print and Internet Resources
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