It is an employees’ market, which means you don’t need the experience you once did to be hired for in-demand business careers with big prospects for growth. And with Anne Arundel Community College (AACC), there are numerous degrees and certificates offering a fast, clear path to a new career that uses your natural talent with newly gained skills.
You might know AACC’s campus is in Arnold. You might not know that you can take business classes in Glen Burnie, Arundel Mills and online. If you want, you only have to visit Arnold to pick up your gown and cap so you can walk across the stage at graduation. AACC’s School of Business and Law offers business-related degrees and certificates that can prepare you to instantly enter a career or transfer to a four-year college.
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You can’t drive two blocks without seeing vehicles from Amazon, UPS or FedEx, but behind those backup beeps is an army of employees ensuring that the right things get to the right people. If you like solving puzzles, a degree or certificate in Transportation, Logistics and Cargo Security might be the choice to deliver you to a career you love. With the Port of Baltimore and BWI in our backyard, it’s only natural that the program covers air, sea, ground, rail, warehousing and distribution. Worried about being in demand? Don’t. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the job outlook for logisticians from 2020-2030 is predicted to grow much faster than average with a 30% jump, and median pay is around $76,000 a year.
If you like numbers and details but dislike multitasking, we have a career path for you. In a world where ‘multitasking’ is a buzzword, bookkeepers are expected to focus on one financial situation at a time. That’s right, one task, one glorious task. The training is brief. In just two terms, students who earn the AACC professional bookkeeper certificate gain the knowledge and skills necessary to sit for the Professional Bookkeeper certification examination. The career offers flexibility, with many working from home, in offices or through site visits. Full-time and part-time opportunities are available in a variety of industries, and many bookkeepers can freelance. According to recent BLS data, the median pay for bookkeeping clerks is $45,560 a year, with the highest 10% earning more than $61,980.
Want to be a cruise ship director without the boat? Office managers are the unofficial “captains” of any office ship, keeping everything afloat and everyone happy. The role of an office manager varies, but those who earn AACC’s Business Office Management degree are trained in communications, technology, business, ethics, management, accounting, psychology and economics. The degree requires a time investment of around two years for courses that can be done online, in person, and part or full time. Office managers can be found in any business setting with an office staff large enough to require organization and supervision, so this degree can lead students to an industry or cause you're passionate about. The median annual wage is around $39,680, with the highest 10% earning more than $63,100.
FYI – No matter how many classes or where the classes are, all AACC students have access to every service the college offers, from free counseling and a gym to career counseling, internship support and even assistance with acquiring a laptop and internet or emergency financial services and a food pantry.
FYI – Whether you’re taking one class or 10, online or in person, AACC students have access to every student service the college offers, from free counseling and a gym to career counseling, internship support and even assistance with acquiring internet or emergency financial services and a food pantry.