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Business Administration Occupational Pathway

Business pathways involve careers in planning, oversight, and organizational tasks needed to run a business. This includes directing, maintaining, and evaluating business functions essential to run effective and productive operations. This youth apprenticeship occupational area focuses on two pathways:

Business Administration Pathways

Students can choose from two different occupational areas with options to specific pathways.

Administrative Professional Pathway

In this pathway, students will support organizations combining organizational and people skills using information processing and office technologies

Human Resources Professional Pathway

In this pathway, students will support organizational management of employee hiring, benefit administration, payroll and general employee relations.


Administrative Professional Pathway

  • Bill Account Collector
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerk
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Financial Clerk
  • General Office Clerk
  • Information Clerk
  • Material Recording Clerk
  • Postal Service Worker
  • Public Safety Telecommunicator
  • Receptionist
  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistant
  • Teller

Human Resources Professional Pathway

  • Affirmative Action Coordinator
  • Compensation, Benefits & Job Analyst Specialist
  • Compensation & Benefits Manager
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Employee Assistant Plan Manager
  • Employer Relations
  • Employment Interviewer
  • Human Resources Assistant
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Human Resources Information Systems Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Identification Clerk
  • Industrial Relations Director
  • Labor & Personnel Relations Specialist
  • Mediation/Arbitrator
  • Meeting & Convention Planner
  • OSHA/ADA Compliance Officer
  • Occupational Analyst
  • Organizational Behaviorist
  • Pay Equity Officer
  • Payroll Professional
  • Personnel Recruiter
  • Private or Public Employment Service
  • Training & Development Manager
  • Training & Development Specialist

Average Wages

Below are some examples of career wages in each pathway. Visit the Occupational Employer Statistics page to find average wages for a specific occupation not listed.

Bill and Accounting Collectors: $42,540
Bookkeeping, Accounting and Auditing Clerks: $45,190
Financial Clerks, All Others: $37,960
Human Resources Assistant: $44,560
Office Clerks, General: $40,630
Receptionists and Information Clerks: $35,040
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants: $41,950
Labor Relations Specialist: $52,310
Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants: $45,960
Medical Secretaries and Administrative Assistants: $41,680
Training and Development Specialist: $68,190

Getting Started

Get started by talking to a school counselor, Youth Apprenticeship Local Coordinator, or Regional Coordinator about how to apply and obtain career materials (plans of study). Contact DWD Youth Apprenticeship Staff for general or statewide program information.

Business Administration Pathway