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Career Highlight – Office and Administrative Support Occupations

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest occupational group is Office and Administrative Support, with a projected 2.3 million new jobs added from 2010 to 2020 – a growth rate of 10 percent. Unfortunately, most of this job growth represents a recovery of the 1.7 million jobs lost during the recession. If you are interested in Office and Administrative Support, be sure to check employment outlook for the specific occupations that you’re considering, as growth varies widely. This occupational group offers some good opportunities for high school grads who are looking for that first job.

The table below reflects a sampling of occupations that are projected to grow as fast as, or faster than average over 2010-2020.

Occupation

U S Employment 2010

Growth-Numeric

Growth-Percent

Annual Median Wage

Education

Bill & Account Collector           401,700     57,200

14%

$31,310

HS Diploma

Bookkeeping & Accounting Clerk        1,898,300    259,000

14%

$34,030

 HS Diploma
Customer Service Rep.       2,187,300   338,400

15%

$30,460

HS Diploma

Financial Clerk       1,395,500   152,600

11%

$33,710

HS Diploma

General Office Clerk       2,950,700   489,500

17%

$26,610

HS Diploma

Receptionist       1,048,500   248,500

24%

$25,240

HS Diploma

Secretary/Admin Asst.       4,010,200   492,900

12%

$34,660

HS Diploma

Refer to UtahFutures.org for checking the employment outlook for a specific occupation.

Cristian Jenson: Future Entrepreneur

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Cristian Jenson
Occupational Goal: Entrepreneur

“Being able to reflect back on the CTE classes I took, I have been able to take the things I learned in those classes and use them in my daily life. A couple of the helpful courses that prepared me [for college and career] were Financial [Literacy] and Desktop Publishing. In this world we live in we need to know both of these skills. The Financial [Literacy] class taught me how to use my money wisely. Without knowing how to manage your money you won’t make a profit or have enough money to keep your business running. Desktop Publishing might not sound like a critical thing but it is. [It’s  important] to be able to make data sheets [showing] how much your company makes every year or make a basic schedule for your employees.” –Cristian Jenson, Kanab High School

Heather Glover, Business Education Teacher at Kanab High School said, “Cristian has always display a high degree of integrity, responsibility, and ambition. He is always willing to try something new. He works and works at it until he has mastered concepts and techniques; he has a ‘don’t quit’ attitude. This is a quality that sets him apart from many of his peers.”

UtahCTE.org congratulates Cristian on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Tooele Applied Technology College. Cristian was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuitions Awards banquet on Wednesday, May, 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Cristian Jenson
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Zach McArthur: Future Graphic Design Teacher

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Zach McArthur
Occupational Goal: Graphic Design Teacher

“I became aware of and interested in the field of graphic design during my junior year when I decided to enroll in a graphic design course at my school. The decision to take a graphic design course has made a huge impact on my life. This decision has given me direction and has clarified my goals and aspirations with regards to my education and my career choice in the graphic design industry.

“I am currently a member of SkillsUSA and recently competed at the regional competition for graphic design screen printing. I did well at that competition and was nominated to move on and compete at the state level. My involvement with SkillsUSA and the Kearns High School Yearbook Staff really made my senior year a memorable one; one that has been rewarding and exciting.

“My career goals are many. I would like to work in the field of graphic design and be an innovator and promoter of the industry. The promotion that I would like to do would be in the classroom. I would like to teach students at the high school level and get them excited about the opportunities and possibilities in the field of graphic design.

“The CTE courses I have taken in high school have prepared me for this path. My teachers, courses, and high school activities have introduced me to a field of study that I absolutely love and enjoy. It is also an area that I excel in. The courses I have taken have taught me that it will take hard work and dedication, along with the ability to change and keep up with the rapid expansion of technology, in order to be successful.

“I am excited for this next phase of my life and the opportunities that lie before me. I am grateful for organizations such as CTE, SkillsUSA, and for the programs and teachers at my high school, which have given me some direction and a foundation to continue on the pathway that I am on. Many people have told me to find something I enjoy and to pursue that dream. I believe I have found that something and that I am on the right path to achieving my dreams.” —Zach McArthur, Kearns High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Zach on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Salt Lake Community College. Zach was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Zach McArthur
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Skylie Duke: Future Dental Assistant

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Skylie Duke
Occupational Goal: Dental Assistant

“As a high school student I took CTE classes that I knew would benefit me in my career. . .These classes were a great benefit to me and helped me learn a lot relating to the health field.  They got me a step closer to achieving my goal and having that knowledge before entering the dental program [at the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College (OWATC)].

“My goal is to enter the dental assisting field shortly after I complete my training at the OWATC. I want to work full time and enjoy every  minute of my [career.] I am willing to work hard. . . This is something I have wanted to do for six years now and I won’t let anything get in my way of accomplishing my goal.”

 —Skylie Duke, Bonneville High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Skylie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College. Skylie was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Skylie Duke
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Jamie Christensen: Future Agricultural Education Teacher

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Jamie Christensen
Occupational Goal: Agricultural Education Teacher

“I focused on horticulture for my CTE Pathway in high school. Although horticulture was my Pathway I [was] active in every Ag class I [took] and I loved them all. I want to further my education and become an Ag teacher. I have been around agriculture [all] my life and I understand the impact it has on our daily lives. I want to be able to do my best to help teach others who do not understand it.

“Rodeo and my horses are a passion that has helped me realize my dreams. Honestly, if was not for my love and patience with horses and animals I know I would not have learned how to teach others. Due to my success in rodeo events I give riding lessons. . .Teaching about what I love comes naturally and that is how I know teaching is a great fit for me. I have been told, ‘If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life.’ Which I know is true.

“I am a firm believer that not everything in life begins like we all plan for it to be, but to be a champion at life we must be able to take a look where we are and get where we want to be.” —Jamie Christensen, Stansbury High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Jamie on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Jamie was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Jamie Christensen
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Emily Kitchen: Future Business Owner and Pastry Chef

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Emily Kitchen
Occupational Goal: Business Owner and Pastry Chef

“I took many CTE classes and loved them all. I took many food classes that will greatly help me in my future education and career in culinary arts. One of the first foods classes I took was Food/Nutrition 1. [This class] helped me realize that I love to cook. I knew I really wanted to go into culinary arts when a chef came and talked to our Foods/Nutrition 2 class.

“My favorite class was Critical Work Skills. I interned at a bakery and absolutely loved it. [The experience] made me know for sure I wanted to go into this career. . . I loved going to the bakery and learning new things and I also loved the class time. It taught me valuable skills, not only for business but for life. These [FACS] classes had the most impact on me, more than any other class; I have loved them and learned so much. I am so grateful for these CTE classes, they have helped me find where I want to go in life. After I graduate [from college] I plan to open my own bakery as a pastry chef.” –Emily Kitchen, Davis High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Emily on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to Utah Valley University. Emily was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May, 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Emily Kitchen
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Zachary Larsen: Future Health Science CTE Teacher

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Zachary Larsen
Occupational Goal: Health Science CTE Teacher

“My occupational goal is to become a CTE Teacher in Health Science Education/Health Technology. I was first introduced to the health sciences field while attending Lone Peak High School. As a sophomore I received special administrative permission to join an EMS class typically offered only to juniors and seniors. My EMS teacher had such an enthusiasm for the subject that I found myself wanting to take other health science classes. I also found that I enjoyed the unique hands-on learning environment she provided. This teacher helped me discover that I could take my interest in health sciences and teach others. She helped me realize that I could take two interests and make them a career.” –Zachary Larsen, Lone Peak High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Zachary on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Southern Utah University. Zachary was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May, 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Zachary Larsen
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology

Justin Lawson: Future Carpenter

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Justin Lawson
Occupational Goal: Carpenter

“The CTE classes I have taken and are currently taking have prepared me well for the road ahead. I know a lot more about my future and what I can do to improve it by being in those classes. It’s something I don’t regret at all, and I encourage all high school students to take some kind of CTE class, whether it is carpentry or clothing.

“The construction field is somewhere I feel like I belong. I can hold my own in English and do well in math, but I can really flourish in Carpentry. I love the satisfaction I get after I look at what I just built. It makes me feel accomplished. Once I’m done with my schooling, becoming a construction worker is my next step, to fine tune my skills and polish up my knowledge of construction. After I have gotten to the point where I think I can start working on my own, and have the right equipment, I hope to break away from a company and start working as a private contractor.” —Justin Lawson, Viewmont High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Justin on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Salt Lake Community College. Justin was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Peter Tibbetts: Future Advertising and Public Relations Manager

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Peter Tibbetts
Occupational Goal: Advertising and Public Relations Manager

“I would like to be trained in advertising and public relations. I have a creative mind, I like people, and I can get along with just about anyone. [In high school,] I selected the Marketing Management Pathway and learned how to market myself along with any product. I started taking marketing classes in my freshman year to help lead me to this chosen occupation.

“I have always wanted to have a job in marketing. I eventually want to open my own business. I want to keep learning [about marketing] until I know as much as I can, and to be the best I possibly can be.” —Peter Tibbetts, Mountain High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Peter on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award he received to Salt Lake Community College. Peter was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Jenny Whitecar: Future Video Game Designer/Programmer

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Jenny Whitecar
Occupational Goal: Video Game Designer/Programmer

“My goal is to become a video game designer or programmer. I want to work with Disney in their gaming department. . . The classes I took in high school have taught me about how to work with computers and shown me how to do some programming and design. They have taught me to use the programs that I would be using in my career field, and have given me a taste of what programming and design are like.

“The classes have helped me decide what kind of career I would like the most and [would] do my best at. The classes held my interest as both an artist and a technology fan. It has a great combination of creative leeway and a chance to advance in the growing market of technology.” —Jenny Whitecar, Syracuse High School

UtahCTE.org congratulates Jenny on the CTE Scholarship and Tuition Award she received to the Davis Applied Technology College. Jenny was one of 95 students honored at the CTE Scholarships and Tuition Awards banquet on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Left: Blair Carruth, Assistant Commissioner, Utah System of Higher Education
Middle: Jenny Whitecar
Right: Jared Haines, Vice President, Utah College of Applied Technology