Business and Professional Services

Problem solvers, strategists, people who are money-minded – they are all needed in professional and business services. Diverse and exciting professional jobs call for out-of-the-box ideas, whether you are a big picture thinker, or you like to fine-tune the details. There are a number of avenues you can pursue including a career in finance, operations and sales.

Career Pathways

Requires on-the-job training, work experience, and/or a high school diploma
Job Average Hourly Rate*
File Clerks $14.31
Customer Service Representative $16.27
Secretary and Administrative Assistant $18.03
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Procurement Clerk $18.98
Executive Secretary and Executive Administrative Assistant $26.22
Public Relations Specialist $27.55
Meeting, Convention & Event Planner $27.93
Marketing Research Analyst and Marketing Specialist $33.57
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Buyer Purchasing Agent $31.05
Business Operations Specialist $32.65
Public Relations Manager $35.11
Marketing Manager $58.64

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Marketing, Sales and Services North Bay Haven
Marketing, Sales and Services New Horizons Learning Center
Marketing, Sales and Services A. Crawford Mosley High School
Finance J.R. Arnold High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Accounting Operations Tom P. Haney Technical College
Administrative Office Assistant Florida Panhandle Technical College
Administrative Office Specialist Tom P. Haney Technical College
Advertising/Public Relations Gulf Coast State College
Business Administration Chipola College
Business Management Gulf Coast State College
Journalism Gulf Coast State College
Medical Administrative Specialist Florida Panhandle Technical CollegeTom P. Haney Technical College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Business Administration Florida State University (Bay County)
Business/Management Gulf Coast State College
Commercial Entrepreneurship Florida State University (Bay County)
Professional Communication Florida State University (Bay County)
Project Management Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

See a complete list of Bay County Career Academies.

Explore other careers in the area…

Advanced Manufacturing

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Arts, AV Technology and Communication

Construction and Architecture

Distribution Logistics & Transportation

Engineering and Technology

Health Sciences

Hospitality and Tourism

Information Technology and Cybersecurity

Public Service and Education

IMPORTANT: In each potential pathway, the ability to transfer credits from one program level to the next is dependent on a variety of factors. Statewide articulation agreements may assist in these efforts but are not available for all potential career pathways. Ongoing guidance from academic career advisors and supervisors throughout your education and training pathway is recommended.

Note: Entrepreneurial skills are frequently incorporated in different Career Pathways programs to help students prepare to launch and contribute to successful enterprises of all types.

*Salary information source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Labor Market Statistics. The final education and wage rate is the decision of the hiring employer.