Business, Management, and Administration
If you want to run your own business or be the person that makes a business successful, be sure to look at the opportunities in the Business, Management and Administration Career Cluster. Students learn business skills essential to efficient, productive operations for any company.
This career cluster is organized into five career pathways:
- Administrative and information support
- Business analysis
- Business, financial management and accounting
- Human resources
Students in business, management and administration learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.
CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:
- Chief executive officer
- Budget, cost or systems analyst
- Marketing manager
- Human resources manager
- Training and development specialist
- Executive assistant
- Wholesale or retail buyer
- Retail salesperson
- Meeting and convention planner
- Office manager
Note: Each school and school district has different CTE options. Not every district has classes in every cluster, nor does every district offer CTE dual credit and Advanced Placement options.
Career and Technical Student Organizations
Career and technical student organizations are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.
The student organizations for business, management and administration are:
- Washington Association of Marketing Educators (WAME)
- Washington Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA)
- Washington Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
- Washington State Business Education Association (WSBEA)
Education After High School
It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.
After taking CTE classes in business, management and administration, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:
- A two-year degree in administrative management, office management, human resources management or business finance
- A four-year degree in auditing, accounting, business management, market analysis, advertising or many of the careers listed above
Middle and High School
For information about your district's CTE offerings and how to move forward with planning for your future, contact or visit:
- Preparing for your future: Why CTE?
- Your school career or guidance counselor
- Your principal or school district Career and Technical Education office
- Career and Technical Education - Washington
- (360) 725-6245
Apprenticeship and College
More than 1,000 jobs in Washington are connected to an active, registered apprenticeship program. For more information about apprenticeships and colleges, visit:
- How to become an apprentice: Five steps to getting started
- Apprenticeship Washington: The future is in your hands
- Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
- Higher Education Coordinating Board
- Washington Career Bridge
- University of Washington Foster School of Business - One of the top business schools in the country with a world-class faculty and numerous opportunities for career advancement. Helps create leaders who think differently and make a difference in communities, nationally and around the globe.
- WSU College of Business - Accredited at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Spans the four campuses of WSU plus some online learning opportunities. Conducts scholarly and applied research, and offers degree programs in a variety of business disciplines.
- Doing business in Washington - Learn about what it takes to start a business in Washington and how to be a successful business person.
- Learning About Business - A business education gaming program that brings together young people for a week to develop, manage and grow a business in a computer simulated marketplace. Each team consists of a CEO, CFO, Marketing Director and Communications Director. You each make decisions as corporate executives of your own company.
- Washington Business Week - A teen summer camp offered on college campuses across Washington. Applicable to every teen regardless of career choice. Students stay on campus, live in the dorms and experience the college environment. Preview college and the career world at the same time.
- Washington State Business Education Association - A community of professionals dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in business education through opportunities for professional development, personal growth, leadership, networking, recognition, service and collaborative partnerships.