Career Information


What jobs can I get? How much can I get paid?

Degrees and certificates in the Small Business Academy program may lead to the following jobs or careers:


Administrative Service Manager[1]

Entry Hourly Wage

General/Operations Manager[1]

Entry Hourly Wage

​1 This job may require a bachelor's degree or higher. Please review current job openings and contact your advisor to review your options.

All data gathered for Dallas/Fort Worth. Source: Dallas College​ Labor Market Intelligence


Since the Small Business Academy teaches entrepreneurial skills applicable to starting a business in any field, your salary, profits and sales will vary widely according to the type of business you start, as well as the region of the country where it’s located.

Are You Cut Out to Be an Entrepreneur?

The rewards are many: working for yourself, setting your own hours and following your passion without answering to anyone else.

But the pitfalls are also many: growing a business can take years of working long hours with no steady paycheck and little profit, and the financial gamble can be huge in an uncertain economy.

Take advantage of some of the many websites available to help you weigh both the risks and benefits of starting your own business.

For specific information on job duties, salaries and projected growth of the type of business you wish to start, look up career categories in CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Labor Department's Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Why is This a Good Career Bet?

Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas’ targeted occupations lists eight separate business management and administration positions as high-growth areas this year. 

CareerOneStop, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, also projects high increase (more than 10%) in a number of management jobs in various fields. More than 20% job growth is projected through 2024 in management positions in administrative services, computer and information systems, marketing, and medical and health services – the top growth area.  

Get Practical Skills for Starting Your Own Business

Before you risk investing time and money, get the practical skills and business knowledge you’ll need, including:

  • Accounting
  • Business law
  • Choosing solid business opportunities
  • Computer information systems
  • Estimating business growth
  • Financial feasibility
  • Forecasting operating expenses and sales
  • Identifying objectives and setting goals
  • Legal and ethical issues
  • Marketing
  • Operations
  • Products and services

By the end of the program, you should be able to answer these critical questions:

  • What does it take to launch a successful entrepreneurial career?
  • What’s the difference between a good idea and an idea with profit potential?
  • Is the opportunity I’m considering right for me, right now?
  • Why do some firms flourish while others never grow beyond one product?
  • What critical steps do I need to take in planning my business?
  • How can I project what challenges and hurdles I’ll have and how to overcome them?
  • How much money do I need to start my business — and where and how do I get it?
  • Do I need a business plan, and how do I develop one?
  • How do I plan for growth and expansion?