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Business Support & Assistance

356 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
0 Master's Degrees Annually
#227 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 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 9,183
Undergraduate Certificate 4,932
Associate’s Degree 4,777
Bachelor’s Degree 356

What Business Support & Assistance Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to business support were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Business Support Majors

Business Support majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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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

A major in business support prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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

Business Support majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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?

Below is a list of occupations associated with business support:

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?

356 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
77% Percent Women
74% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 356 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business support and assistant services in 2018, making it rank #227 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 77% 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 1
Black or African American 32
Hispanic or Latino 228
White 73
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 20

Geographic Diversity

Business Support appeals to people across the globe. About 0.6% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Thailand
  • South Korea
  • Canada
  • Saudi Arabia

How Much Do Business Support & Assistance Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The median early-career salary of business support and assistant services students with a bachelor’s degree is $21,300 a year according to 2017-2018 data from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $18,100 (25th percentile) and $30,400 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to business support so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Business Support majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $35,200 to $43,180 (25th to 75th percentile). 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 degrees associated with business support may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

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 2017-2018 academic year, 1,129 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) 755 135
Certificate (1-2 years) 826 134
Certificate (2-4 Years) 10 1
Associate’s Degree 829 141
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 755 135
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 399,810
Accounting 107,851
General Business/Commerce 58,413
Finance & Financial Management 56,960
Marketing 49,179
Human Resource Management 26,853
Hospitality Management 20,194
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 18,282
Management Information Systems 14,578
International Business 10,536
Entrepreneurial Studies 8,522
Business/Managerial Economics 6,727
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 6,711
Other Business, Management & Marketing 5,750
General Sales & Marketing 5,673
Real Estate 5,183
Construction Management 3,375
Insurance 2,316
Taxation 1,888
Business/Corporate Communications 1,088
Telecommunications Management 48

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