Business & 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*
Customer Service Representative $16.15
Hairdresser, Hairstylists, Cosmetologists $16.66
Office Clerk $16.69
Requires two years of education beyond high school or on-the-job experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Executive Secretary and Executive Administrative Assistant $20.72
First Line Supervisor of Personal Service Workers $22.42
Public Relations Specialist $32.67
Requires four or more years of education beyond high school plus work experience
Job Average Hourly Rate*
Accountant, Auditor $30.74
Business Operations Specialist $38.58
Financial Analyst $44.38
Marketing Manager $50.59

Training Pathways

Middle and high school career or career academy programs


Select your county to see local programs


Certifications, technical programs or two-year degree programs
Training Programs Institution/School
A.A. or A.S BusinessPensacola State College
A.S. Early Childhood EducationPensacola State CollegeNorthwest Florida State College
Accounting OperationsTom P. Haney Technical College
Accounting OperationsGeorge Stone Technical College
Accounting Technology ManagementPensacola State College
Accounting TechnologyPensacola State College
AccountingNorthwest Florida State College
Administrative Office AssistantFlorida Panhandle Technical College
Administrative Office SpecialistTom P. Haney Technical College
Administrative Office SpecialistGeorge Stone Technical College
Advertising/Public RelationsGulf Coast State College
Business AdministrationChipola College
Business AdministrationPensacola State College
Business Advising TrackPensacola State College
Business Entrepreneurship Pensacola State College
Business EntrepreneurshipPensacola State College
Business ManagementGulf Coast State College
Business ManagementPensacola State College
BusinessNorthwest Florida State College
Computer Systems and Information TechnologyLocklin Technical College
CosmetologyOkaloosa Technical College
CybersecurityPensacola State CollegeGeorge Stone Technical College
Digital Marketing CertificateUniversity of West Florida
Entrepreneurship and Innovation CertificateUniversity of West Florida
Financial Institutions Certificate Level 1University of West Florida
Financial Institutions Certificate Level 2University of West Florida
Florida Childcare Professional CredentialNorthwest Florida State College
Help Desk Support TechnicianChipola College
Human Resources AdministratorPensacola State College
Human Resources ManagementPensacola State College
JournalismGulf Coast State College
Legal Administrative SpecialistLocklin Technical College
Management and Supervision Human Resource ManagementNorthwest Florida State College
Management and Supervision Health Care ManagementNorthwest Florida State College
Management and SupervisionNorthwest Florida State College
Medical Administrative SpecialistTom P. Haney Technical College
Medical Administrative SpecialistFlorida Panhandle Technical College
Medical Administrative SpecialistFlorida Panhandle Technical CollegeTom P. Haney Technical College
Medical Administrative SpecialistLocklin Technical College
National Child Development AssociateNorthwest Florida State College
Office AdministrationNorthwest Florida State College
Paralegal StudiesPensacola State College
Project ManagementNorthwest Florida State College
Project ManagementPensacola State College
Web Application Development and ProgrammingEmerald Coast Technical College
Bachelor's, master's or doctoral programs
Training Programs Institution/School
AccountingUniversity of West Florida
B.A. Elementary EducationUniversity of West Florida
B.S. Business AdministrationPensacola State College
B.S.B.A FinanceUniversity of West Florida
B.S.B.A. AccountingUniversity of West Florida
Business Administration/AccountingChipola College
Business Administration/ManagementChipola College
Business AdministrationFlorida State University (Bay County)
Business EconomicsUniversity of West Florida
Business ManagementUniversity of West Florida
Business and ManagementPensacola State College
Business/ManagementGulf Coast State College
Career and Technical EducationUniversity of West Florida
Commercial EntrepreneurshipFlorida State University (Bay County)
Computer ScienceUniversity of West Florida
EconomicsUniversity of West Florida
Exceptional Student EducationUniversity of West Florida
FinanceUniversity of West Florida
General BusinessNorthwest Florida State College
Human ResourcesEmbry Riddle Aeronautical University
Instructional Design and TechnologyUniversity of West Florida
International MarketingEmbry Riddle Aeronautical University
Legal StudiesUniversity of West Florida
M.Ed. Curriculum & InstructionUniversity of West Florida
Management University of West Florida
MarketingUniversity of West Florida
Professional CommunicationFlorida State University (Bay County)
Project ManagementEmbry Riddle Aeronautical University
Technical Management Information SecurityEmbry Riddle Aeronautical University

Northwest Florida Career Pathways provides a broad snapshot of the job titles and average hourly rate for the noted eight participating Counties. Please select a county for the applicable county specific job title/average hourly rate and training programs in each geographic area.

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.

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