Career Cluster

Business Management and Administration

Business management and administration professionals are driven to ensuring that organizational functions are efficient and meet short- and long-term goals. They must be resourceful, collaborative, decisive and have both interpersonal skills and quantitative mindsets. Business management professionals can assume leadership roles in nearly every industry.


Connect to Courses, Curriculum + Careers

DECA’s Comprehensive Learning Program integrates into classroom instruction, applies learning, connects to business and promotes competition. Examine your course of study and integrate activities from DECA’s comprehensive learning program to show that DECA is connected and relevant.

Related Courses

DECA's Comprehensive Learning Program provides a variety of instructional resources that would be suitable for these courses and more.

  • Principles of Business Administration
  • Business Communication
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Law
  • Business Management
  • Leadership In The Workplace
  • Management
  • Project Management

Career Pathways

Each career cluster contains several career pathways, or specialized career areas that are comprised of careers that require similar knowledge and skills.

  • Administrative Services
  • Business Information Management
  • General Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Operations Mangement

Instructional Areas

Instructional areas are broad areas of content knowledge that are comprised of many performance indicators. Performance indicators are specific knowledge and skills employees are expected to demonstrate or achieve.

Business Law
Customer Relations
Emotional Intelligence
Financial Analysis
Human Resources Management
Information Management
Knowledge Management
Professional Development
Project Management
Quality Management
Risk Management
Strategic Management

Career Opportunities

The following are examples of career opportunities and occupations that are available within this career cluster.

Affirmative Action Coordinator
Association Manager
Benefits Specialist
Business Development Manager
Chief Operating Officer
Compensation and Benefits Manager
Compliance Officer
Contract Administrator
Corporate Trainer
Data Processors
Department Manager
Director of Human Resources
Director of Membership Development
Director of Operations
Director of Strategy
Director of Volunteer Services
Email Marketing Manager
Employee Assistance Plan Manager
Employment and Placement Manager
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
Forecasting Manager
General Counsel
Human Resource Manager
Human Resources Assistant
Human Resources Consultant
Human Resources Coordinator
Human Resources Generalist
Human Resources Manager
Industrial Relations Director
Knowledge Management Specialist
Loss Prevention Specialist
Management Trainee
Operations Manager
Personnel Recruiter
Planning Analyst
Project Manager
Regional Manager
Research Assistant
Research Specialist
Risk Manager
Store Manager
Strategic Planner
Strategic Resource Manager
Training and Development Manager
Training and Development Specialist


Enrich the Classroom

DECA’s Competitive Events Program is an incredible tool for curriculum. As an integral part of the classroom curriculum, DECA’s industry-validated competitive events are aligned with National Curriculum Standards.

DECA’s flagship evaluation process involves students in both a written component such as an exam or report and an interactive component with an industry professional serving as a judge. DECA’s competitive events reinforce creativity, problem solving and presentation skills.

The potential for recognition, awards and travel for learning classroom content is a tremendous motivator – not to mention the scholarships and cash awards recognizing DECA members for outstanding achievement.

With more than 60 events, DECA offers a competitive event for every course and every student.

Case Studies + EXAMS

Integrate into Classroom Instruction

Case studies provide a student-centered engagement activity to help DECA members apply learning through problem-based scenarios that require creative solutions and practical outcomes. DECA’s case studies challenge DECA members to demonstrate industry-relevant knowledge and skills through performance indicators. DECA’s case studies are developed through industry research to reflect current issues and trends in business and industry.

DECA’s exams are rigorous, industry-validated, multiple-choice, 100-item exams based on National Curriculum Standards. Each exam item is also linked to an instructional area and specific performance indicator.


Apply Learning

DECA and its corporate partners have teamed up to provide classroom activities that challenge members to apply learning in relevant ways.

DECA at the Bell Challenge

Bring the world of business to the members of DECA in a creative and engaging way, by writing, producing and publishing an episode of DECA at the Bell.

Submissions due by:
November 3, 2023

Ethical Leadership Challenge

Develop a public service announcement (PSA) video describing one of the following ethical principles: integrity, trust or respect. The PSA should be designed to educate your local community and those afar through social media.

Submissions due by:
November 21, 2023

Digital Presentation Skills Challenge

Demonstrate your digital presentation skills utilizing a Virtual Business simulation in a one- to two-minute digital presentation. The topic is up to you! You can talk solely about the strategies you use in the simulation. You could discuss real-world business stories and illustrate the stories with sim exercises. Or, you could talk about your own life, your knowledge of business and financial literacy and utilize a Virtual Business simulation to relate to and illustrate your topic. The top finalists will deliver a live, digital presentation.

Submissions due by:
January 31, 2024

Social Impact Leader of Tomorrow Challenge

Demonstrate your creativity by producing the next big cause marketing idea for the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF). DECA chapters can participate with up to four-member teams to develop a creative and unique fundraising campaign with NPCF branding. The fundraiser campaign must have an uplifting and hopeful theme with a social media component and video.

Submissions due by:
February 6, 2024

Disability Is Diversity Challenge

Create a focused Disability Is Diversity presentation that highlights the obstacles and experiences of navigating an educational environment with differing abilities. Learn first-hand about the barriers encountered by a student with a disability and determine how you can advocate for needed change.

Submissions due by:
February 16, 2024


Extend Learning Beyond The Classroom

DECA conferences provide unique opportunities to connect students with corporate professionals to engage them in learning industry-related trends and content.


Get Involved

Together, we can help prepare emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for college and career. Learn about the various opportunities to get involved with DECA.


Contact DECA staff
for more information.

Christopher Young, CAE
Chief Program Officer