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, both public and private sector.
Across the UK, over 3.25 million people work in business and administration roles, with a current replacement demand of 600,000 jobs over the next five years.
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.
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:
As at December 2017, the number of administrative and secretarial employees in Scotland was at 265,800, compared to 264,600 from the same period in 2016.
However, the number of managers, directors and senior officials employed in Scotland has fallen: as at December 2017 there were 223,000, a fall from 225,600 from the same period in 2016.
Despite funding cuts and downsizing in pubic sector employment in recent years, the last year has seen a small rise in its employment figures. In December 2017, 559,900 people were working in the Scottish public sector, an increase of 1,700 (+0.3%) from the same period in 2016. So, public sector employment now accounts for 21.4% of total employment in Scotland (compared to 20.9% in the previous year).
If you are looking for a career in the public sector, the Civil Service Apprenticeship scheme is a great place to start. You can apply for one of two levels of apprenticeship, where you would be placed in one of the many roles within government departments and work towards a certified qualification.
Instructus Skills (formerly known as Skills CFA) provides information about skills and qualifications in the workplace including apprenticeships and training programmes across the UK for a whole range of business skills.