Overview of the Business Management and Administration Career Cluster
This cluster has six career pathways, which include hundreds of career options:
- Administrative and Information Support
- Business Analysis
- Business Financial Management and Accounting
- Human Resources
To help students learn more about careers in business management and administration, download and distribute the Business Management and Administration College and Career Planning Guide. The guide makes an excellent critical reading assignment for students enrolled in a practicum course in this career cluster.
Students participating in business management practicums are expected to use business technology and technical skills such as word-processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software to perform work responsibilities. They also are expected to take into consideration the legal, managerial, marketing, financial, ethical, and international dimensions of business to make appropriate business decisions.
When developing an individual training plan, you may want to draw from other field-specific TEKS that match the work site learning experience.
- Mario Gepeto is in the Practicum in Business Management course. He will be working at a bank. Mario’s training plan might include TEKS from Banking and Financial Services.
- Lilah Ornelas, a student in the Practicum in Business Management course, will be working at an insurance office. Lilah’s training plan might include TEKS from Insurance Operations or Statistics and Risk Management.
- Randy Tatunay is also in the Business Management cluster. He will be working in a software company writing code for automated teller machines (ATMs). Randy’s training plan might include TEKS from Telecommunications and Networking.
- Touch System Data Entry and
- Business Management.
These are recommended but not required to give local education agencies (LEAs) flexibility in designing business-related programs of study and coherent sequences.
Legal and Safety Considerations
- Training sponsors provide job-specific safety training.
- Teacher-coordinators are responsible for providing general safety instruction to all students enrolled in the course and for ensuring that all training occurs according to schedule.
- Teachers may assign students to research and report on specific safety and legal considerations for their job or industry.
Because the Business Management and Administration Career Cluster includes a wide range of occupations and industries, always review the current versions of Child Labor Bulletin No. 101 (WH-1330) and Child Labor Bulletin No. 102 (WH-1295) to see if your students will be working in a hazardous occupation. You learned about and bookmarked these bulletins in Section 5. Revisit them as necessary to refresh your memory.
When coordinating a practicum, it is also important to learn whether a student's training station will require any special testing or permits prior to employment. For occupations in the Business Management and Administration Career Cluster, some of the most common pre-employment requirements are:
- background checks;
- OSHA 10-hour training for general industry; and
- non-disclosure agreements regarding proprietary information.
Take a moment to bookmark the Texas CTE Resource Center website. Later, be sure to explore curriculum guidelines and instructional resources for the Business Management and Administration Career Cluster.
You should be familiar with several CTSOs to help students find the organization that best meets their interests. The CTSOs that are most related to careers in the Business Management and Administration Career Cluster are listed below.
You can also direct students to the nine state-recognized CTSOs listed in Section 10, Lesson 10.5: Integrating Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Activities.
Take a few moments to bookmark the CTSO websites below to explore later.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
DECA, Texas Association
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Texas Technology Student Association (TSA)
The professional associations most closely related to Business Management and Administration are Texas Business and Technology Educators Association (TBTEA) and Marketing Educators of Texas.
Given the broad scope and diversity of business management, you may also want to consider membership in other CTE professional associations recognized by TEA.
Take a moment to bookmark the websites below to explore later.
Texas Business and Technology Educators Association (TBTEA)
Marketing Educators of Texas
View the entire list of TEA-recognized state and national CTE professional associations at the link below.