Business Management and Administration

Business Management and Administration careers encompass planning, organizing, directing and evaluating business functions essential to efficient and productive business operations. Hospitals, professional offices, law firms, and corporate headquarters require bookkeepers, administrative assistants, and benefit specialists to keep their operations running smoothly.  As technology becomes more advanced and businesses begin to expand globally, international expertise will be a valuable skill for individuals in this field.  Workers with computer skills will be most in demand. Occupations in this cluster are essential to any industry.

Employment Projections: 2010-2020

Employment in the Architecture and Construction career cluster is expected to grow faster than average over the next decade. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that nationwide employment in Architecture and Construction occupations was just over 9 million in 2010 and expects employment to grow to just over 11 million in 2020. This represents the addition of two million new jobs, and an increase in employment of 22 percent, making Architecture and Construction one of this decade’s fastest growing pathways.

According to the BLS news release announcing this recent set of employment projections, “More than one-fourth of the projected fastest growing occupations are related to construction. Employment in most of these occupations, still at low levels in 2010 because of the 2007-09 recession, will recover along with the construction industry. But employment in most construction occupations is not expected to reach pre-recession levels.”

The report  Employment Projections for Architecture and Construction, 2010-2020 includes data on occupations growing faster that the nation average, pathways employment overview, occupations with the most job openings, and employment projections.

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What They Make…Occupations in this cluster and what they make in Virginia
Occupation Employed in VA Typical salary 1 Typical entry-level Education
Architects 2,650 $45K–$118K High school diploma
Architectural and civil drafters 1,420 $32K–$74K Associate’s degree
Brickmasons and blockmasons 2,350 $29K–$78K High school diploma
Carpenters 15,770 $25K–$73K High school diploma
Cement masons and concrete finishers 4,300 $23K–$64K Less than high school
Civil engineering technicians 2,740 $30K–$72K Associate’s degree
Civil engineers 8,310 $51K–$122K Bachelor’s degree
Construction equipment operators 9,200 $27K–$73K High school diploma
Construction laborers 20,640 $19K–$58K Less than high school
Construction managers 5,310 $50K–$145K Associate’s degree
Electricians 16,840 $30K–$83K High school diploma
First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers 18,050 $37K–$94K High school diploma
Heating, AC, and refrigeration techs 8,330 $27K–$69K Postsecondary non-degree award
Interior designers 1,100 $26K–$87K Bachelor’s degree
Painters, construction and maintenance 5,930 $23K–$60K Less than high school
Plumbers, pipe fitters, and steamfitters 1,880 $18K–$40K High school diploma

110th to 90th percentile
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics