Business Career Options

Accounting
Graduates with an associate's degree in Accounting can expect to find work at large and small corporations, at non-profits and at educational institutions. Positions for associate's degree holders will likely be entry-level and will range from accounts payable or accounts receivable clerks, to bookkeeper/payroll specialists, cost accountants, public accountants, staff accountant, tax accountant, account managers, account specialists, or inventory accountants.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Demand for thorough financial documentation is expected to increase in response to recent financial crises and subsequent financial regulations.

Business Administration
Graduates with an associate's degree in Business Administration will be prepared for studies and careers in these other areas of concentration: Accounting, Marketing, Management, Human Resource Management, Business Communications, and Economics. This will lead to positions in: Corporate, Small and Business Management.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of business administrators is expected to grow 15 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations.

Business Management/Small Business Management
Graduates with an associate's degree in Business Management or Small Business Management will be able to obtain an entry-level management position within the business industry. They may look in retail, industry, healthcare, research and development for management positions. Office manager, human resource manager, and administrative assistant are other types of positions a person will qualify for with a business management degree. All of the jobs a person will be eligible for are entry-level positions and business management majors looking to progress further in the industry are encouraged to look into a transfer program that NCC has set up with a four-year institution.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of business managers is expected to grow 15 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Tasks such as managing facilities will remain important in a wide range of industries.

Legal Administrative Assistant
Northampton graduates have an excellent employment placement record with area law firms, insurance companies, title companies, large corporations, and government agencies. Graduates with an associate's degree can expect to find careers as Legal Office Managers, Legal Administrative Assistants, and Legal Secretaries.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment of legal assistants is expected to grow by 18 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. This occupation attracts many applicants, and competition for jobs will be strong. Experienced, formally trained degree holders should have the best job prospects.

Medical Office Administrative Assistant
A Medical Administrative Assistant career is perfect for those who want to work in healthcare, prefer an office environment, and have good interpersonal skills. Most Medical Administrative Assistants work in physician's offices, with job responsibilities including scheduling appointments, filing and maintaining patient records, filling out insurance paperwork and arranging laboratory services. The career potential for degree holders includes positions as Medical Office Manager, Medical Administrative Assistant, Administrative Assistant, Medical Receptionist, Medical Billing Clerk, Medical Transcriptionist, Medical Coder, Medical Records Clerk, and Medical Secretary.

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), employment is expected to grow by 31 percent by 2020, much faster than the average for other occupations. Demand will stem from physicians hiring more medical assistants to do routine administrative and clinical duties so that physicians can see more patients.

Office Administrative Assistant
Although secretaries and administrative assistants work in nearly every industry, many are concentrated in schools, hospitals, government agencies, and legal and medical offices. Most work in comfortable office settings. Placement of graduates from this program has been consistently excellent. Employer surveys indicate a very high degree of satisfaction with graduates of this program. Our program faculty are affiliated with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP).

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), overall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is expected to grow 12 percent by 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall, the majority of job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave these occupations.

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