CTE Curriculum Yields Promising Future in Business Management and Administration


Katherine Anderson
Monday, August 15, 2016 - 11:30am

In this blog series, we delve into four important Career Clusters® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing. In our last post, we explored the need to prepare students for careers in the information technology field. In this post, we focus on business management and administration.

Developing Skills that Pay: Business Management and Administration Occupational Growth

Business women working and comparing charts

Today’s economy demands a better educated workforce than ever before, and jobs in this new economy require more complex knowledge and skills than those of the past. As technology becomes more advanced and businesses begin to expand globally, international and technological expertise will be valuable skills to master for individuals interested in the business management and administration industry. 

Deeply investing in these skills is expected to pay off. Employment of business and financial operations occupations is projected to grow 8 percent from 2014 to 2024, adding about 632,400 new jobs. Additionally, the median annual wage for business and financial occupations was $65,710 in May 2015, markedly higher than the median annual wage for all occupations at $36,200.

The chart below outlines some business management and administration occupations and their median wages. As you can see, now is the time to offer curriculum that encourages students to explore entering these occupations: 

Selected Occupation(s)
2013 Median Wage 
2022 Projected Employment 
Predominant Level of Education
Office Clerks
Some college; Associate degree
Management Analysts
Bachelor's degree or more and work experience
General and Operations Managers
Bachelor's degree or more and work experience
Customer Service Representatives
Some college; Associate degree
Bookkeeping Clerks
Some college; Associate degree and training; Certification
Supervisors of Office Workers
Some college; Associate degree and work experience
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
Some college; Associate degree
High School diploma
Executive Secretaries and Assistants
Some college; Associate degree and work experience
Wage data: United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2013. Employment projections data: Virginia Employment Commission, Virginia Occupational Employment Projections 2012-2022. Predominant education level: Trailblazers through the Demographics and Workforce Section of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia.

The Promise of Career and Technical Education (CTE) Curriculum

Did you know that business management and administration is traditionally the most popular Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Cluster? More than 96 percent of public high schools with a CTE program offer coursework in subject, according to the Association for Career and Technical Education and the National Center for Education Statistics.

CTE programs and initiatives have been approved in 43 states since 2013. This figure is only expected to grow with the passing of the 2015 Every Students Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA calls for CTE programs to be included in the definition of a “well-rounded education,” taking an important place alongside traditional academic subjects like math, science, and English.

CTE programs motivate students to get involved in their learning by engaging them in problem-solving activities that construct knowledge. They provide hands-on activities that enable them to apply knowledge and to interact with community members, potential employers, other students, and teachers who share similar career/vocational interests. Through CTE programs, students can explore their interests in a supportive environment that keeps them engaged in their academic progress.

High-quality CTE programs address the goals of college and career readiness and provide learning options that are appealing for students who might otherwise be at risk of leaving high school. Impressively, more than 75 percent of secondary CTE students pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school.

CTE programs have demonstrated their potential to engage more students and to increase high school graduation rates and postsecondary success. Chances are high that CTE business management and administration graduates will pursue their love of their new career path and be rewarded for their investment. 


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