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Associate’s Degrees in Business Support & Assistant Services

4,111 Yearly Graduations
$23,100 Median Salary
$17,440 Median Debt
An associate's degree in business support is offered at 714 colleges in the United States. In recent years, the majority of the students getting degrees in this area were female, and 46% were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group. Also, 1.0% of business support graduates were international students.

Education Levels of Business Support Majors

In 2018-2019, 4,111 associate's degrees were awarded to business support majors. This earns it the #4 spot on the list of the most popular associate's degree programs in the nation.

The following table shows the number of diplomas awarded in business support at 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

Earnings of Business Support Majors With Associate’s Degrees

The median salary for graduates holding an associate's degree in business support is $23,100. A lot of factors can contribute to this number, such as the location of your workplace and the availability of other perks and bonuses.

A better approximation of salary is to look at the typical range of salaries. In this case the low is $20,150 and the high is $25,300.

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Student Debt

The median student debt for graduates holding an associate's degree in business support is $17,440. The length of time it takes you to graduate and what college you attend can affect this number quite a bit.

The chart below shows the range of accumulated debt loads. On the high side of the range, $22,130 is the debt load, and the debt load on the low side is $13,707.

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Those students who are paying back their debt on a 10-year repayment plan have a median monthly payment of $181.

Student Diversity

More women than men pursue their associate's degree in business support. About 89.3% of graduates with this degree are female.

Gender Number of Grads
Men 440
Women 3,671
Gender Diversity of Associate's Degrees in Business Support

The racial-ethnic distribution of business support associate’s degree students is as follows:

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 183
Black or African American 773
Hispanic or Latino 775
White 2,107
International Students 41
Other Races/Ethnicities 232
Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Business Support Associate's Degree Students

There are 714 colleges that offer an associate’s degree in business support. Learn more about the most popular 20 below:

#1

Long Island Business Institute

Flushing, New York
119 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
95% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Long Island Business Institute tops the list of the most popular school in the U.S. for business support majors who are seeking their associate's degree. Roughly 900 attend the school each year. The business support program at Long Island Business Institute awarded 119 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 92% of this group were women, and 95% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#2

San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia

Visalia, California
89 Yearly Graduations
71% Women
75% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 2nd most popular school in the country for business support majors who are seeking their associate's degree is San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia. Roughly 6,600 attend the school each year. The business support program at San Joaquin Valley College-Visalia awarded 89 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. About 71% of this group were women, and 75% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#3

Ivy Tech Community College

Indianapolis, Indiana
82 Yearly Graduations
94% Women
11% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Ivy Tech Community College comes in at #3 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in business support. Each year, around 72,600 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 82 associate's degrees were handed out to business support majors at Ivy Tech Community College. Around 11% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 94% were women.

75 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 4th most popular school in the country for business support majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Brigham Young University - Idaho. Each year, around 39,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The business support program at Brigham Young University - Idaho awarded 75 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 8% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 84% were women.

#5

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

Perkinston, Mississippi
55 Yearly Graduations
84% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is the 5th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in business support. Roughly 8,900 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 55 associate's degrees were handed out to business support majors at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Of these students, 84% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#6

Piedmont Technical College

Greenwood, South Carolina
41 Yearly Graduations
95% Women
37% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 6th most popular school in the country for business support majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Piedmont Technical College. Each year, around 4,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The business support program at Piedmont Technical College awarded 41 associate's degrees during the 2018-2019 school year. Around 37% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 95% were women.

#7

Tidewater Community College

Norfolk, Virginia
38 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
68% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 7th most popular school in the country for business support majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Tidewater Community College. Roughly 19,000 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 associate's degrees were handed out to business support majors at Tidewater Community College. Around 68% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 97% were women.

#7

Central Georgia Technical College

Warner Robins, Georgia
38 Yearly Graduations
92% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Georgia Technical College is the 7th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in business support. Each year, around 8,200 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 38 associate's degrees were handed out to business support majors at CGTC. About 92% of this group were women, and 71% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#9

Arkansas Tech University

Russellville, Arkansas
36 Yearly Graduations
89% Women
14% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Arkansas Tech University is the 9th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in business support. Each year, around 11,800 students seeking various degrees attend the university. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,568 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $5,256 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 36 people received their associate's degree in business support from ATU. About 89% of this group were women, and 14% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#10

Thomas Nelson Community College

Hampton, Virginia
34 Yearly Graduations
91% Women
71% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Thomas Nelson Community College is the 10th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in business support. Each year, around 7,300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 34 associate's degrees were handed out to business support majors at TNCC. Around 71% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 91% were women.

#11

University of the District of Columbia

Washington, District of Columbia
31 Yearly Graduations
58% Women
81% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

University of the District of Columbia comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in business support. Roughly 4,100 attend the school each year. The average in-state tuition for full-time undergraduates is $5,160 per year, while in-state graduate students, on average, pay $9,000 per year.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, 31 people received their associate's degree in business support from University of the District of Columbia. Of these students, 58% were women and 81% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

#11

Jefferson State Community College

Birmingham, Alabama
31 Yearly Graduations
97% Women
52% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Jefferson State Community College comes in at #11 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in business support. Each year, around 8,700 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 31 associate's degrees were handed out to business support majors at Jeff State. About 97% of this group were women, and 52% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Shelton State Community College

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
30 Yearly Graduations
100% Women
63% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Shelton State Community College comes in at #13 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in business support. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 associate's degrees were handed out to business support majors at Shelton State Community College. About 100% of this group were women, and 63% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#13

Houston Community College

Houston, Texas
30 Yearly Graduations
90% Women
87% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 13th most popular school in the country for business support majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Houston Community College. Roughly 56,100 attend the school each year. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 30 associate's degrees were handed out to business support majors at Houston Community College. About 90% of this group were women, and 87% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

#15

Greenville Technical College

Greenville, South Carolina
28 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Greenville Technical College comes in at #15 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in business support. Roughly 11,100 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 people received their associate's degree in business support from GTC. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

#15

Tri-County Technical College

Pendleton, South Carolina
28 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 15th most popular school in the country for business support majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Tri-County Technical College. Each year, around 6,100 students seeking various degrees attend the university. For the 2018-2019 academic year, 28 associate's degrees were handed out to business support majors at TCTC. Around 29% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 96% were women.

#17

Gadsden State Community College

Gadsden, Alabama
26 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

The 17th most popular school in the country for business support majors who are seeking their associate's degree is Gadsden State Community College. Roughly 4,500 attend the school each year. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 26 people received their associate's degree in business support from GSCC. Of these students, 96% were women and 35% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

24 Yearly Graduations
83% Women
42% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Wallace Community College, Dothan comes in at #18 on our list of the most popular colleges offering associate's degrees in business support. Each year, around 4,400 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their associate's degree in business support from Wallace, Dothan. Around 42% of these students were from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group, and 83% were women.

24 Yearly Graduations
96% Women

Instituto Tecnologico de Puerto Rico-Recinto de Ponce is the 18th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in business support. Each year, around 300 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 24 people received their associate's degree in business support from Maria E. Archeval Salamo de Valdes. About 96% of this group were women, and 100% were students from an underrepresented racial-ethnic group.

23 Yearly Graduations
96% Women
48% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Central Louisiana Technical Community College is the 20th most popular school in the nation for students seeking an associate's degree in business support. Each year, around 2,500 students seeking various degrees attend the university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 23 people received their associate's degree in business support from Central Louisiana Technical Community College. Of these students, 96% were women and 48% were members of underrepresented racial-ethnic groups.

Business Support Focus Areas

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
General Administrative Assistant 3,093
Business & Office Technology 342
Executive Assistant 323
Other Business Operations Support 202
General Office & Clerical Services 136

Below are some popular majors that are similar to business support that offer associate’s degrees.

Major Annual Degrees Awarded
Business Administration & Management 60,528
Business & Commerce 17,723
Accounting 12,300
Hospitality Management 2,905
Specialized Sales 1,565

References

*The racial-ethnic minority student count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the percentage of racial-ethnic minorities.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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