Administration and Management

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If you are a good organiser, enjoy taking responsibility and communicating with people, then a job in administration or management could be a good career for you. It is a wide ranging career area, covering many varied and interesting jobs.

Administration and management jobs exist in all industries, in both the public and private sector, so graduates of this career area are always in demand.

Across the UK, as of December 2022, over 3.28 million people work in secretarial and administration roles (10.0% of the UK workforce) while there are nearly 3.4 million working as managers, directors and senior officials (around 10.3% of the UK workforce).

What areas can I work in?

The jobs and courses for this career area are in four sectors: general administration and management; economics; human resource management; and public services administration.

There are a wide range of specialisms in this career area, from medical secretarial work to academic administration in colleges and universities. You could become a personal assistant to a business director or a project manager in IT or finance.

To see the routes to getting into each of these sectors, take a look at our Career Pathway.

What kind of companies can I work for?

You could be working in just about any type of company or organisation, for example a construction firm, car dealership, hotel, local council or hospital. 

There is a large administration and management workforce in the public sector, where you could be working for: 

What’s the job market like?

The number of administrative and secretarial employees in Scotland has decreased since December 2021, from 256,100 to 246,400 in December 2022.

The number of managers, directors and senior officials employed in Scotland also fell: 209,800 in December 2022 (compared to 226,800 from the same period in 2021). 

Employment numbers in the public sector have seen an ongoing increase: in December 2022, 594,500 people were working in the Scottish public sector, compared to 589,600 from the same period in 2021. 

Public sector employment now accounts for 21.9% of total employment in Scotland.

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Want to find out more?

If you are looking for a career in the public sector, the Civil Service offers a number of routes into a career. The Fast Stream programme is open to graduates, other department graduate programmes and also apprenticeships. Visit the Civil Service website for more information.




Career Pathway

Administration and Management Career Pathway
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