What is Business? Business is the art of making the most of your resources to minimize waste and maximize profit.  All types of organizations are involved in some type of business activities, so you can choose a career from an amazingly broad spectrum of occupations in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.  Most business people spend at least part of the day in an office environment, working on projects and daily tasks and meeting with clients, customers, or coworkers.  Some occupations can involve significant travel, especially if working for a large, international organization.  If you think you want to work in the business world but don’t know in what career, pursuing a degree in business can help you decide, as these degrees cover a wide variety of subjects ranging from management to financial analysis to marketing.

Job Opportunities

A degree in business is your bridge to success.  According to Georgetown University’s 2010 report, “Projections of Jobs and Education Requirements Through 2018,” business will be the fourth largest provider of new jobs through 2018.  Also, the National Association of Colleges and Employers’  “Job Outlook 2012” survey found that business administration will be one of the 10 most sought after bachelor’s degrees in 2012 and beyond.  At SCC, you can choose the Associate Degree in Business for Transfer, which provides a solid foundation for pursuit of a Bachelor degree in Business Administration.  A second option is to earn an Associate Degree in General Business, for those interested in entering the workforce after earning an A.S. degree.  Once the basics of business are mastered, there are many specialized areas of business available such as accounting, management, marketing, finance, or real estate.  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics some of the high growth business jobs include, but are not limited to, first-line supervisors, human resource specialists, operations specialists, sales representatives, project managers, financial analysts, administrative assistants, and public relations specialists.

Necessary Skills

Necessary skills include the ability to communicate effectively and direct others, so above average writing and speaking skills are highly desirable.  Good judgment is a necessity as you should be comfortable making decisions and taking responsibility.  Business workers must also be able to work as part of a team and have excellent organizational and problem-solving skills.  Computer skills are also becoming increasingly important as businesses rely more and more on technology to be more efficient.

Pathways to Completion

Check out the different degree and certificate options below. Get an idea of what major-related courses you'd need to take each semester to graduate in two years. Meet with a counselor or chat with your professor to find out what the best option is for you.

  • Business Administration for Transfer

    This Associate in Science in Business Administration for Transfer degree provides students with a major that fulfills the general requirements for transfer to the California State University. Students with… MORE >>

  • Business, General

    This degree is designed to provide a strong foundation for students entering a variety of business fields in the private and public sectors. It includes coursework that is essential… MORE >>

  • Customer Service

    Businesses with exceptional customer service flourish, but it is often difficult for employees to obtain the requisite skills while on the job. The Customer Service Certificate program offers skills… MORE >>