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Business

Which pathways are offered?

  • Accounting—This pathway prepares students for careers that record, classify, summarize, analyze, and communicate a business's financial information and transactions for use in management decision-making. Accounting can include bookkeeping, systems design, analysis, and interpretation of accounting information.
  • Administrative Support—This pathway prepares students to facilitate business operations through a variety of administrative and clerical duties including information and communication management, data processing and collection, and project tracking.
  • Business Finance—This pathway prepares students to manage policy and strategy and implement them for an organization's capital structure, budgeting, acquisition and investment, financial modeling and planning, funding, dividends, and taxation.
  • Entrepreneurship—This pathway prepares students to formulate policies and direct the operations of a business, corporation, nonprofit, or other organization. In small firms, this may involve assuming advertising, promotions, marketing, sales, and public relations responsibilities.
  • General Management—This pathway prepares students to lead and manage others, improve processes and policies, and manage a range of personnel issues and concerns while focusing on the bottom line.
  • Marketing Communication—This pathway prepares students to plan, coordinate, and implement marketing strategies, advertising, promotion, and public relations activities.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Customer Service Representative 
  • Human Resources Manager 
  • Business Consultant 
  • Office Manager
  • Promotions Manager
  • Accountant Executive
  • Art/Graphics Director
  • Copywriter
  • Media Buyer/Planner
  • Public Relations Manager
  • Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Bill and Account Collector
  • Benefits Specialist

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job title, but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Administrative Assistant—$38,880/year
  • Administrative Services Manager—$96,180/year
  • Public Relations Manager—$114,800/year
  • Promotions Manager—$132,620/year
  • Copywriter—$62,170/year
  • Benefits Specialist—$63,000/year
  • Accountant—$70,500/year
  • Bill and Account Collector—$36,020/year

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016 EditionWebsite last modified date: Friday, April 13, 2018.

Which industry-recognized, in-demand certifications and exams can my student prepare for?

  • Microsoft Office certifications (up to four, each attainable in one semester)
  • The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Business Information Processing Exam
  • The NOCTI General Management Exam
  • The NOCTI Advertising and Design Job Ready Assessments
  • The NOCTI Financial and Managerial Accounting Exam
  • The NOCTI Accounting Basic Exam
  • The NOCTI Accounting Advanced Exam
  • A*S*K Business Institute Fundamental Business Concepts Exam
  • A*S*K Business Institute Entrepreneurship/Management Exam
  • A*S*K Fundamental Marketing Concepts Exam
  • A*S*K Concepts of Finance Exam
  • Certiport Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management Certification