A college degree in Business Administration can lead to professional advancement.
Business Administration at a Glance
Students graduating from the Business Administration program typically enter the job market as administrative assistants or retail sales assistants or associates. For executive-level administrative assistant positions, employers increasingly prefer to hire those who have taken some college courses or have a Bachelor’s degree. While a college degree is not required for entry-level retail sales assistant or associate positions, some employers require Bachelor’s degrees for those serving in managerial positions.
Typical Tasks Performed
Administrative assistants perform routine clerical and administrative duties. Typical responsibilities include:
- Answer telephones and take messages or transfer calls
- Schedule appointments and update event calendars
- Arrange staff meetings
- Draft routine memos, billing, or other reports
- Edit company correspondence and ensure document accuracy
- Perform basic bookkeeping
Typical job responsibilities for retail sales workers include:
- Greet customers and determine what each customer wants or needs
- Recommend merchandise based on customers’ wants and needs
- Explain the use and benefit of merchandise to customers
- Know about current sales and promotions and policies about payments and exchanges
Outlook for Employment
Employment of administrative assistants is projected to grow 12 percent through 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment of retail sales assistants and associates is projected to grow 10 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations.
Industries That Employed the Most Administrative Assistants in 2012:
- Healthcare and social assistance – 21%
- Educational services; state, local, and private – 14%
- Professional, scientific, and technical services – 14%
- Government – 8%
Industries That Employed the Most Retail Sales Workers in 2012:
- Clothing and clothing accessories stores – 21%
- General merchandise stores – 19%
- Motor vehicle and parts dealers – 11%
- Building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers – 9%
- Sporting goods, hobby, book, and music stores – 7%
Please note that these are national statistics and projections that might vary by location.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition http://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm#tab-3 and http://www.bls.gov/ooh/sales/retail-sales-workers.htm#tab-3