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*
Hairdresser, Hairstylist, Cosmetologist $15.71
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Front Line Supervisor of Personal Service Workers $21.50
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Training and Development Managers $64.82

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs
Training Programs Institution
Cosmetology Okaloosa Technical College & CHOICE High School
Cosmetology Crestview High School
Entrepreneurship Crestview High School
Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution
Cosmetology Okaloosa Technical College
Management and Supervision Human Resource Management Northwest Florida State College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution
Career and Technical Education University of West Florida
General Business Northwest Florida State College

Find Out More

To find out more about Middle and High School Career Academies in Okaloosa County, please contact April Branscome at (850) 833-5858, or submit this form:

To find about more about Next and Later education and traning programs, please contact our partners.

For more information about career and technical education in Okaloosa County middle and high schools, please visit

Explore other careers in the area…

Architecture and Construction

Arts, AV & Communication

Engineering and Technology

Health Sciences

Hospitality and Tourism

Information Technology

Law, Public Safety and Security, Education and Training


Transportation Distribution & Logistics

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.