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Career Cluster : Business Management & Administration


Careers in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations.

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Business Management & Administration Pathways

Pathway Description: Administrative Support facilitate business operations through a variety of administrative and clerical duties including information and communication management, data processing and collection, and project tracking.

Secondary CTE Courses

Business Essentials: This is a core course designed to give students an overview of the Business, Marketing and Finance Career Cluster occupations. Students will develop an understanding of how academic skills in mathematics, economics, and written and oral communications are integral components of success in these occupations. Students will examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals, and identify employability and personal skills needed to obtain a career and be successful in the workplace. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they will interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

Business Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to business technology applications prior to entry into high school. This course is designed to assist students in developing technological proficiencies demanded by business. The course should utilize various forms of input technologies to cover units of instruction that may include word processing applications, spreadsheet development, database management, presentations, electronic communications, Internet services, graphics, desktop publishing, basic Web design, interactive media, ethical issues, and careers in business using technology applications. Students may be given opportunities for completing industry certification requirements.

Business Communications: Students will reinforce communications skills needed in business, management and administrative occupations by learning to follow directions and using reading strategies to learn meaning, technical concepts, and vocabulary. Students will compose and compare written and electronic communications to convey technical concepts and company information, develop and deliver formal and informal presentations related to a broad range of business topics, apply active listening skills to obtain and clarify information, and exhibit people skills to deal positively with a variety of personalities and diverse individuals. Students will interpret and use tables, charts and figures to support written and oral communication, and locate, organize and reference written information from various sources to communicate with coworkers and clients/participants.

Advanced Business Technology Applications: Personal computing and business skills are integrated throughout the course as students use word processing software to produce documents that include graphics, tables and other new documents. Students will practice advanced procedures to design forms, use a scanner, merge text and prepare documents for presentation. Students will use database and spreadsheet software to produce documents and will learn how to select appropriate software to generate information.

Principles of Management: Students will begin their study of management occupations by assuming appropriate roles to create, deliver, receive and manage business communications in the workplace. Students will identify an audience and create communications to support statistics for internal and external audiences; assume the necessary role to perform the responsibilities of delivering and receiving a message; manage the broad scope of business communications to process, document and store information efficiently and appropriately; and prepare appropriate materials to reply to inquiries that require a response. Students will develop skills in planning, organizing and evaluating business organizations. Students will develop and implement short- and long-term strategic plans to manage growth, profit and goals within a specific market segment, learn how to evaluate employee performance to provide timely and appropriate responses to personnel issues, and practice organizing various business services to address all company components.

Business Finance: This course introduces principles of business and management. Topics include basic business principles, personal finance, management, systems thinking, quality management and the current environment for business in a multinational marketplace.

Computer Systems Operations: Students will study computer component operations to learn how to prevent, diagnose and solve computer operations problems. Particular emphasis will be placed on the use of virus protection software to maintain data system integrity, and how to inspect and troubleshoot to diagnose and solve computer and peripheral operation problems.

Accounting: This is a comprehensive introduction to basic financial accounting including recording, summarizing and reporting, principles of income measurement and asset valuation, accounting systems and controls.

Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

Pathway Description: Business Information Management is an umbrella term covering those careers that provide a bridge between business processes/initiatives and IT. Employees in this area help to align business and IT goals.

Secondary CTE Courses

Business Essentials: This is a core course designed to give students an overview of the Business, Marketing and Finance Career Cluster occupations. Students will develop an understanding of how academic skills in mathematics, economics, and written and oral communications are integral components of success in these occupations. Students will examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals, and identify employability and personal skills needed to obtain a career and be successful in the workplace. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they will interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

Business Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to business technology applications prior to entry into high school. This course is designed to assist students in developing technological proficiencies demanded by business. The course should utilize various forms of input technologies to cover units of instruction that may include word processing applications, spreadsheet development, database management, presentations, electronic communications, Internet services, graphics, desktop publishing, basic Web design, interactive media, ethical issues, and careers in business using technology applications. Students may be given opportunities for completing industry certification requirements.

Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

Pathway Description: General Management focuses on careers that plan, organize, direct, and evaluate all or part of a business organization through the allocation and use of financial, human, and material resources.

Secondary CTE Courses

Business Essentials: This is a core course designed to give students an overview of the Business, Marketing and Finance Career Cluster occupations. Students will develop an understanding of how academic skills in mathematics, economics, and written and oral communications are integral components of success in these occupations. Students will examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals, and identify employability and personal skills needed to obtain a career and be successful in the workplace. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they will interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

Business Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to business technology applications prior to entry into high school. This course is designed to assist students in developing technological proficiencies demanded by business. The course should utilize various forms of input technologies to cover units of instruction that may include word processing applications, spreadsheet development, database management, presentations, electronic communications, Internet services, graphics, desktop publishing, basic Web design, interactive media, ethical issues, and careers in business using technology applications. Students may be given opportunities for completing industry certification requirements.

Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

Pathway Description: Human Resources Management focuses on the staffing activities that involve planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, training, performance appraisal, compensation, and safety of employees.

Secondary CTE Courses

Business Essentials: This is a core course designed to give students an overview of the Business, Marketing and Finance Career Cluster occupations. Students will develop an understanding of how academic skills in mathematics, economics, and written and oral communications are integral components of success in these occupations. Students will examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals, and identify employability and personal skills needed to obtain a career and be successful in the workplace. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they will interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

Business Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to business technology applications prior to entry into high school. This course is designed to assist students in developing technological proficiencies demanded by business. The course should utilize various forms of input technologies to cover units of instruction that may include word processing applications, spreadsheet development, database management, presentations, electronic communications, Internet services, graphics, desktop publishing, basic Web design, interactive media, ethical issues, and careers in business using technology applications. Students may be given opportunities for completing industry certification requirements.

Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.

Pathway Description: Operations Management focuses on planning, organizing, coordinating, and controlling the resources needed to produce/provide a business's goods and/or services. Examples of activities in Operations Management are quality control, scheduling, procurement, and warehousing.

Secondary CTE Courses

Business Essentials: This is a core course designed to give students an overview of the Business, Marketing and Finance Career Cluster occupations. Students will develop an understanding of how academic skills in mathematics, economics, and written and oral communications are integral components of success in these occupations. Students will examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals, and identify employability and personal skills needed to obtain a career and be successful in the workplace. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they will interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities. This may be taught as a career exploration course in conjunction with other foundation Career Cluster courses.

Business Technology Applications: This course is designed for those students who have not mastered knowledge and skills related to business technology applications prior to entry into high school. This course is designed to assist students in developing technological proficiencies demanded by business. The course should utilize various forms of input technologies to cover units of instruction that may include word processing applications, spreadsheet development, database management, presentations, electronic communications, Internet services, graphics, desktop publishing, basic Web design, interactive media, ethical issues, and careers in business using technology applications. Students may be given opportunities for completing industry certification requirements.

Other Courses and Elective Activities: Local student organization activities, including public speaking, record keeping and work-based experiences.


The Perkins crosswalk of educational programs of study to occupations identifies a number of programs relevant to this career cluster:

11.0601 Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, General.
11.0602 Word Processing.
11.0699 Data Entry/Microcomputer Applications, Other.
14.3701 Operations Research.
19.0604 Facilities Planning and Management.
52.0101 Business/Commerce, General.
52.0201 Business Administration and Management, General.
52.0202 Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management.
52.0204 Office Management and Supervision.
52.0205 Operations Management and Supervision.
52.0206 Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management.
52.0207 Customer Service Management.
52.0208 E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce.
52.0210 Research and Development Management.
52.0211 Project Management.
52.0212 Retail Management.
52.0213 Organizational Leadership.
52.0299 Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other.
52.0401 Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General.
52.0402 Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary.
52.0406 Receptionist.
52.0407 Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry.
52.0408 General Office Occupations and Clerical Services.
52.0409 Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations.
52.0411 Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation.
52.0499 Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other.
52.0701 Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
52.0702 Franchising and Franchise Operations.
52.0703 Small Business Administration/Management.
52.0799 Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other.
52.0907 Meeting and Event Planning.
52.0908 Casino Management.
52.0909 Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Management.
52.1001 Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
52.1002 Labor and Industrial Relations.
52.1003 Organizational Behavior Studies.
52.1004 Labor Studies.
52.1005 Human Resources Development.
52.1099 Human Resources Management and Services, Other.
52.1101 International Business/Trade/Commerce.
52.1201 Management Information Systems, General.
52.1301 Management Science.
52.1399 Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other.
52.2101 Telecommunications Management.
52.9999 Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.

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