Business

Which pathways are offered?

Accounting—This pathway prepares students for careers that record, classify, summarize, analyze, and communicate a business's financial information and transactions for use in management decision-making. Accounting can include bookkeeping, systems design, analysis, and interpretation of accounting information.

Administrative Support—This pathway prepares students to facilitate business operations through a variety of administrative and clerical duties including information and communication management, data processing and collection, and project tracking.

Business Finance—This pathway prepares students to manage policy and strategy and implement them for an organization's capital structure, budgeting, acquisition and investment, financial modeling and planning, funding, dividends, and taxation.

Entrepreneurship—This pathway prepares students to formulate policies and direct the operations of a business, corporation, nonprofit, or other organization. In small firms, this may involve assuming advertising, promotions, marketing, sales, and public relations responsibilities.

General Management—This pathway prepares students to lead and manage others, improve processes and policies, and manage a range of personnel issues and concerns while focusing on the bottom line.

Marketing Communication—This pathway prepares students to plan, coordinate, and implement marketing strategies, advertising, promotion, and public relations activities.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • Accountant
  • Accountant Executive
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Art/Graphics Director
  • Benefits Specialist
  • Bill and Account Collector
  • Business Consultant 
  • Copywriter
  • Customer Service Representative 
  • Financial Analyst
  • Human Resources Manager 
  • Media Buyer/Planner
  • Office Manager
  • Promotions Manager
  • Public Relations Manager

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job, experience, and location but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Accountant—$69,350/year
  • Administrative Assistant—$37,870/year
  • Administrative Services Manager—$94,020/year
  • Benefits Specialist—$62,680/year
  • Bill and Account Collector—$35,330/year
  • Copywriter—$61,820/year
  • Promotions Manager—$129,380/year
  • Public Relations Manager—$111,280/year

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Friday, April 13, 2018. Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school.

Which industry-recognized certification exams can my student prepare for?**

  • The National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) Business Information Processing Exam
  • The NOCTI General Management Exam
  • The NOCTI Advertising and Design Job Ready Assessments
  • The NOCTI Financial and Managerial Accounting Exam
  • A*S*K Business Institute Fundamental Business Concepts Exam
  • A*S*K Business Institute Entrepreneurship/Management Exam
  • A*S*K Business Institute Finance Exam
  • A*S*K Fundamental Marketing Concepts Exam
  • Microsoft Office certifications (up to four, each attainable in one semester)

**Many Microsoft® Office certificates can be earned after completing one course. Other certificates require more classes to be better prepared, and students who attend Destinations for at least two years will have enough exposure to career readiness education courses to be best prepared for certification testing.