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Business Administrative Support Pathway

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Program Description
Students will prepare to perform the duties of various office support positions ranging from receptionists duties to word processing to special assistants and/or personal secretaries for business executives and top management. This course includes instruction in business communications, public relations, scheduling and travel management, secretarial accounting, filing systems and records management, conference and meeting recording, report preparation, office equipment and procedures, and professional standards.

You Will Learn
  • Basic word processing and keyboarding skills.
  • Editing and proofreading skills.
  • Standard file management procedures.
  • How to create business documents.

Pathway Brochure
Class availability may vary at your high school.
-Business Administrative Support - PDF

Student Leadership Organization
Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) is the student leadership organization for Business Education. FBLA provides students with opportunities for leadership, community involvement, business partnerships, and competition with other students in events ranging from Public Speaking to Job interview to Parliamentary Procedures.

Beyond High School
There are a number of options for education and training beyond high school, depending on your career goals.

  • Certificate
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelorís degree
  • Professional degree
  • On-the-job training
  • Apprenticeship
  • Military training


Sample Occupations
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Business Education Teacher
  • Customer Service Assistant
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Executive Secretary
  • Office Manager
Workforce Trends
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, secretaries and administrative assistants held more than 4.2 million jobs in 2006. This is one of the largest job categories in the U.S. About 9 out of 10 secretaries work in firms providing services. These services range from education and health to legal and business services.

Secretaries and administrative assistants will have among the largest numbers of new jobs arise, about 362,000 through the year 2016. Large concentrations of office support positions are found in these industries: services, finance, insurance, and real estate, manufacturing, government, except state and local education and hospitals.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-2009 Edition.

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