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business3Southwestern Business Programs teach the baseline skills required for all professions! You get instruction in all the essential skills for all professional work.

Activities like communication, exploratory research, collaboration, and project management are the foundations.  As you go further, you can learn the fundamental skills required for running a business – accounting, advertising, leadership, marketing, management, supervision, and using data for decisions.

 

 

This program trains you for all kinds of occupations focused on the process of "doing business". This area has the widest employment potential at all levels -- perfect for earning as you are learning!

How this list was compiled

Minimum Education Competitive Education Occupation (click on name for Oregon profile!) National Average
Bachelor Bachelor** Accountants and Auditors $68,150
HS/GED Certificate** Advertising Sales Agents $50,380
HS/GED Certificate** Bill and Account Collectors $35,350
HS/GED Certificate** Billing and Posting Clerks $36,150
Some College Certificate** Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks $38,390
HS/GED Certificate** Brokerage Clerks $49,200
HS/GED Certificate** Correspondence Clerks $36,370
HS/GED Certificate** Court, Municipal, and License Clerks $36,670
HS/GED Certificate** Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks $36,930
HS/GED Certificate** Customer Service Representatives $32,300
HS/GED Certificate** Data Entry Keyers $30,100
HS/GED Certificate** Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs $43,350
HS/GED Certificate** Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative $55,860
HS/GED Certificate** File Clerks $29,090
HS/GED Certificate** Financial Clerks, All Other $39,540
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Housekeeping and Janitor $38,190
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Landscaping, Lawn Servic $45,740
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Non-Retail Sales Workers $73,150
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrativ $54,340
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Personal Service Workers $36,700
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating $57,780
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers $39,040
HS/GED Certificate** First-Line Supervisors of Transportation and Mater $57,270
Bachelor Bachelor** General and Operations Managers $99,310
Associate Associate** Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Tim $39,020
HS/GED Certificate** Information and Record Clerks, All Other $39,260
HS/GED Certificate** Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks $38,430
HS/GED Certificate** Insurance Sales Agents $49,990
HS/GED Certificate** Legal Secretaries $44,180
HS/GED Certificate** Library Assistants, Clerical $25,220
HS/GED Certificate** Loan Interviewers and Clerks $38,630
Bachelor Bachelor** Market Research Analysts and Marketing Specialists $62,560
HS/GED Certificate** New Accounts Clerks $34,990
HS/GED Certificate** Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Oth $34,020
HS/GED Certificate** Office Clerks, General $30,580
HS/GED Certificate** Order Clerks $33,370
HS/GED Certificate** Payroll and Timekeeping Clerks $42,390
HS/GED Certificate** Procurement Clerks $41,410
HS/GED Certificate** Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks $46,760
Bachelor Bachelor** Public Relations Specialists $58,020
HS/GED Certificate** Receptionists and Information Clerks $27,920
None Certificate** Retail Salespersons $22,680
HS/GED Certificate** Sales and Related Workers, All Other $37,190
HS/GED Certificate** Sales Representatives, Services, All Other $52,490
HS/GED Certificate** Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing $57,140
HS/GED Certificate** Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except $34,820
HS/GED Certificate** Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks $31,180
HS/GED Certificate** Tax Preparers $36,550
HS/GED Certificate** Word Processors and Typists $38,740

 

About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science in Mathematics and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning.

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Southwestern's Welding program stacks credentials that help you earn more as you complete. The program culminates in an Associate's Degree. All credentials are certified with the American Welding Society.

 

Welding employment opportunities are very different from other professions. Evolving from the oldest educational system known to civilization, Welding professions follow not only formal education requirements, but work-based experience like that of apprentices, journeymen, and masters. 

Employers view AWS certifications as essential job skills, particularly when an applicant has no prior experience with that employer. To the untrained observer, Welding careers look like a person need only finish high school to get good paying jobs. In reality, if you want to work in this area, you need industry-recognized credentials. Southwestern's welding programs are designed to teach, practice, then prepare someone for the certification for these credentials. 

These occupations are most closely associated with our Welding program:

Minimum Education Competitive Education Occuption (click to see Oregon profile!) National Average Pathway Level
None Certificate** Pipelayers $50,000 18,24 cr
HS/GED Associate** Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters $75,000 AAS
HS/GED Associate** Sheet Metal Workers $51,000 AAS
HS/GED Associate** Structural Iron and Steel Workers $65,000 AAS
HS/GED Credential** Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters $37,500 47 credits
HS/GED Credential** Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters/Operators/Tenders $55,000 47+12cr
HS/GED Credential** Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers $43,000 47 credits
HS/GED Credential** Welding, Soldering, and Brazing Machine Setters/Operators/Tenders $38,000 24 credits

 

But take careful note: each of these occupations has a wide range of wages depending upon your education and experience. Here's our instructors take on this breakdown of:

  1. Helpers--Pipelayers, Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Steamfitters
  2. Lathe and Turning Machine Tool Setters/Operators/Tenders
  3. Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters
  4. Structural Iron and Steel Workers
  5. Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

 

    Oregon Wage Reporting
Typical Job Title Education Low Hourly High Hourly Avg Hourly Avg Annual
Steamfitter, Two-year Apprentice (3) AAS $17.83 $31.06 $24.38 $36,000
Steamfitter or Pipefitter, Journeyman (3) AAS $20.59 $51.69 $36.24 $54,000
Pipefitter Welder, Apprentice (3) AAS $20.59 $51.69 $36.24 $54,000
Pipefitter, Journeyman (3) AAS $20.59 $51.69 $36.24 $54,000
Structural Iron and Steel Workers (4) AAS $19.24 $45.84 $31.43 $47,000
Helper, Welders/Pipefitters (1) 47 credits $12.36 $24.84 $18.04 $27,000
Machinist Lathe and Tool Setter, Apprentice (2) 47 + 12 cr certs $15.05 $32.46 $23.36 $35,000
Welder, Entry-level (5) 47 credits $15.28 $28.40 $21.09 $31,000
Welder, Ship and Marine (5) 47 credits $15.28 $28.40 $21.09 $31,000

 

As you consider occupations in this area, note that Southwestern programs can get you started in additional occupations. These careers have at least a 30% skill overlap with our target occupations from the above list. Work with your advisor and potential employer for picking out the best educational path.

Minimum Education Competitive Education Occuption (click to see Oregon profile!) National Average
HS/GED Credential** Structural Metal Fabricators and Fitters $44,000
HS/GED Credential** Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters/Operators/Tenders $34,500
HS/GED Credential** Forging Machine Setters/Operators/Tenders $39,000
HS/GED Credential** Rolling Machine Setters/Operators/Tenders $44,000
HS/GED Credential** Cutting, Punching, and Press Machine Setters/Operators/Tenders $38,000
HS/GED Credential** Drilling and Boring Machine Tool Setters/Operators/Tenders $39,500
HS/GED Credential** Grinding, Lapping, Polishing, and Buffing Machine Tool Setters/Operators/Tenders $49,000
HS/GED Credential** Milling and Planing Machine Setters/Operators/Tenders $43,000
HS/GED Associate** Machinists $49,000
HS/GED Credential** Pourers and Casters, Metal $36,000
HS/GED Credential** Model Makers, Metal and Plastic $67,000
HS/GED Credential** Patternmakers, Metal and Plastic $54,000
HS/GED Credential** Tool and Die Makers $59,000
HS/GED Credential** Heat Treating Equipment Setters/Operators/Tenders $40,000
HS/GED Credential** Layout Workers, Metal and Plastic $50,000
HS/GED Credential** Plating and Coating Machine Setters/Operators/Tenders $38,000
HS/GED Credential** Tool Grinders, Filers, and Sharpeners $45,000

 

About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science in Mathematics and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning. 

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Southwestern currently offers prerequisites or all required training for over 70 occupations in 6 disciplines that are heavily predicated on physical fitness in order to perform adequately in those professions. A student interested in any of these occupations should both understand and practice a health and fitness routine that best acclimatizes their bodies to longevity in any of those professions.  In some of these areas where physical fitness appears to be in a severe deficit, physical fitness would be a clear competitive advantage over other candidates for an open position.

Through statistical analysis of online job descriptions, this skills study attempts to quantify aspects of those requirements so that PE & Health curriculum developers can effectively lobby for inclusion as well as build courses and materials best suited for those areas.  

 

 

Read the full report here or check out this summary which includes information about careers in:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Forestry & Natural Resources
  • Healthcare
    • First Responders!
  • Welding

 

Criminal Justice is an area where physical fitness appears to be in severe deficit. Because cops on the beat are presumed to have lots of walking and the readiness to pursuit on foot, we didn't see this as a specific required skill. But our American lifestyles have gotten much less active. So much so, that "physical demand" has made its way into one of the most frequently listed skills in job descriptions for openings.

Criminal Justice jobs appear to require a high level of physical agility and strength, but the use of that capacity is largely untapped during the course of a shift. One wants to be prepared to run hard, leap, carry heavy objects or restrain powerful individuals, but that preparation isn’t often used. That may indicate a special regime just for these types of jobs.

Many Trades Name Multiple Top Skills That are Physical in Nature

While these trades didn’t exhibit an entrance or increase in requests for the specific “physical demand” skill, they all have a large portion or a majority of activity that involves non-desk work and very physical in nature. A demonstrably physically fit person with a noted practice in physical fitness and well-being would be a competitive advantage. These trades would be very well served with a PE & Health component.

Healthcare Careers

Occupations trained at Southwestern all have a core of top skills physical in nature. Those skills are best described in terms of clusters of skills. The cluster names should be self-explanatory, but all involve large periods of standing or walking, carrying, moving people or supplies and equipment that can be, say, 10-50lbs.

First-responders

These occupations had physical tasks for 6 of the top 10 requested skills across occupations, including naming “Physical Demand” as a top skill. These jobs appear to be more like Criminal Justice jobs where physical capacity needs to be large in terms of speed, strength and agility, but that shifts can go with long periods of no such activity.

Forestry & Natural Resources  

These jobs are characterized by field work where endurance and balance across varied terrains are part and parcel of daily work load. All aspects of the physical labor top skills are expected to be practiced outdoors, unlike our other discipline areas. These jobs usually require a person to carry some amount of equipment into the field strapped on with backpacks and utility belts, say, 20-40 lbs[1], depending upon what’s required for the task.

Welding  

Like mechanics, these jobs tend to have heavy lifting as well as body movement across distances as a course of normal activity during a shift. Sometimes a level of quick, fast and strong activity may be required, but not like that required of positions in Criminal Justice or First-responders. As well, backpack-based carrying of equipment isn’t in the physical tasks of these jobs, but carrying very heavy equipment across short spaces is and probably is more than the demands of mechanics.

 

About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science in Mathematics and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning.

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The material in this program is far and away the most expansive in terms of applicability. The overwhelming majority of professional occupations require skills learned in AOP because that material is the foundation of how all businesses and organizations work.

 

 

 

Communication, customer service, spreadsheets, word processing, file and record organization are but the tools. Proficiency in working with people, organizing information and managing projects in varying complexity and time duration determine the success not only of administrative support personal, but of CEOs and presidents, as well.

Convinced? Go to the Pathway to see stacking!

Competitive Education Occupation (click to see profile for Oregon) National Average Pathway Level
Varies All Professional Jobs! Varies 16 credits
Certificate Bill and Account Collectors $35,000 29 credits
Certificate Correspondence Clerks $36,000 29 credits
Certificate Court, Municipal, and License Clerks $36,000 29 credits
Certificate Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks $36,000 42 credits
Certificate Customer Service Representatives $32,000 29 credits
Certificate Data Entry Keyers $30,000 16 credits
Certificate Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs $43,000 42 credits
Certificate Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants $55,000 42 credits
Certificate File Clerks $29,000 16 credits
Certificate Information and Record Clerks, All Other $39,000 42 credits
Certificate Insurance Claims and Policy Processing Clerks $38,000 29 credits
Certificate Legal Secretaries $44,000 42 credits
Certificate Library Assistants, Clerical $25,000 16 credits
Certificate Loan Interviewers and Clerks $38,000 42 credits
Certificate New Accounts Clerks $34,000 29 credits
Certificate Office and Administrative Support Workers, All Other $34,000 29 credits
Certificate Office Clerks, General $30,000 16 credits
Certificate Order Clerks $33,000 29 credits
Certificate Production, Planning, and Expediting Clerks $46,000 42 credits
Certificate Receptionists and Information Clerks $27,000 16 credits
Certificate Secretaries and Admin Assistants, Except Legal/Medical/Exec $34,000 42 credits
Certificate Shipping, Receiving, and Traffic Clerks $31,000 16 credits
Associate Human Resources Assistants, Except Payroll and Timekeeping $39,000 AAS

 

About the Author: Jenny Jones has Master's of Science Math and an MBA. Her writing stems from her research as a TAACCCT grant data analyst and her passion for empowering individuals to greater intellectual heights through life-long learning.

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