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Business Support & Assistance

372 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
0 Master's Degrees Annually
#23 in Popularity
$41,160 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Business Support & Assistance Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many business support and assistant services graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 10,337
Undergraduate Certificate 4,663
Associate’s Degree 4,111
Bachelor’s Degree 372

What Business Support & Assistance Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, business support majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Business Support Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in business support should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Business Support Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to business support:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Abilities for Business Support Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a business support student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.

What Can You Do With a Business Support & Assistance Major?

People with a business support degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Cargo and Freight Agents 10.4% $43,210
Customer Service Representatives 4.9% $33,750
Freight Forwarders 10.4% $43,210
Insurance Claims Clerks 11.1% $39,660
Insurance Policy Processing Clerks 11.1% $39,660
Patient Representatives 4.9% $33,750
Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks 5.5% $47,580
Receptionists and Information Clerks 9.1% $29,140

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Support & Assistance?

372 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
78% Percent Women
79% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Business Support and Assistant Services runs middle of the road when it comes to popularity, ranking #23 out of all the business majors we track. In 2019, about 372 graduates completed their bachelor’s degree in this field. This major is dominated by women with about 78% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of business support majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Business Support Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 26
Hispanic or Latino 259
White 62
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 25

How Much Do Business Support & Assistance Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in business support and assistant services made a median starting salary of $21,300 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $18,100 (25th percentile) and $30,400 (75th percentile).

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It’s important to note that just because the people reporting these salaries have a degree in business support, it does not mean that they are working in a job related to their degree.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $35,200 to $43,180 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to business support. This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Business Support & Assistance Major  ( 35200 to 43180 )
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Some careers associated with business support require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to business support have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 1.9%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 46.1%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.4%
Some College Courses 13.2%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 21.1%
Bachelor’s Degree 11.8%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 0.4%
Master’s Degree 0.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.3%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.3%

Online Business Support & Assistance Programs

In the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,064 schools offered some type of business support and assistant services program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 744 137
Certificate (1-2 years) 787 129
Certificate (2-4 Years) 9 2
Associate’s Degree 798 143
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 744 137
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Business Support & Assistance Worth It?

The median salary for a business support grad is $41,160 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 3% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $25,200 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to business support.

Major Number of Grads
Business Administration & Management 410,147
Accounting 105,123
General Business/Commerce 58,451
Finance & Financial Management 56,186
Marketing 51,241
Human Resource Management 26,823
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 23,738
Hospitality Management 19,042
Management Information Systems 14,747
Entrepreneurial Studies 10,427
International Business 10,181
Business/Managerial Economics 6,345
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 5,873
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,834
General Sales & Marketing 5,734
Real Estate 5,700
Construction Management 3,664
Insurance 2,218
Taxation 1,783
Business/Corporate Communications 968
Telecommunications Management 71

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