Business administration

What's it all about?

Business Administration involves jobs at different levels in all types of job sectors. This means there are many different roles and work environments to choose from.  This sector also offers a range of jobs with different levels of responsibilities and salaries, therefore there are likely to be progression opportunities.  There are positions in management such as business services and human resource managers or support roles such as personal assistants and administrators. Many jobs operate ‘behind the scenes’ but some, like receptionists, will have more contact with the public.

There are a wide variety of jobs, many needing specialist skills and training. The use of technology is constantly expanding. You can expect to use computers for word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentation packages, as well as e-mail, company intranets and social media.

Working hours can be varied and flexible depending on the type of organisation you are working for and the sector it operates within. You may only work in one office or you may work across areas or work from home for some of your time.  Although you might expect to start work at around 9am and finish at around 5.30pm, with an hour’s lunchbreak, five days a week, more and more employers are now offering more flexible working hours (where you may, for example, start earlier but finish later).

Use of IT

Being a confident user of various software is necessary – word processors, spreadsheets and databases are used extensively. You have to remember that, whilst you use technology confidently for social reasons (Facebook, Twitter, Google+) and using the web, you also need to be a good user of IT software!

Working from home

With the expansion of new technology working from home has increased and some people do all their work this way. Others may have an office base but do some of their work from home.  This doesn’t just apply to business administration as home working has increased in many sectors as people manage more of their own work loads and do not have the traditional secretarial support in an office to perform these tasks.

Compare jobs you like and see if they are predicted to grow

To find out what you will earn in different jobs (you can put in up to three) and see other facts including whether this job is predicted to grow in the UK, use the Careerometer which is on the left of each Job Sector page (yellow box).

Is this a predicted growth area in the South of England?

The Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) have been asked to predict which job sectors will grow. This information could help you develop your skills and gain qualifications for specific job roles, sectors or particular places where there are likely to be opportunities. No growth doesn't mean there are no jobs but growth does mean there are likely to be more jobs!

Oxford and Thames Valley - Business jobs are predicted to grow in other growth sectors including creative and digital technologies, life sciences and motorsport.

Solent - Business jobs are predicted to grow in other growth sectors including engineering, marine and maritime, public administration and defence.

South West - Growth predicted In Gloucestershire and within other identified growth areas including Creative and DigitalFinanceHealth and Social CareEngineering and Tourism.

Find out more about growth industries in the South of England.

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