Public and Professional Business Services

Oakton's Public and Professional Business Services programs prepare you to make a difference in your community. The diverse fields within this area have one thing in common: a desire to make an ethical and positive impact on others' lives. If your aim is to be in direct service, Oakton will provide the academic groundwork and connect you with internships in law enforcement, firefighting, paramedics, or human services. If you are looking for a career in an office environment, paralegal, accounting, or marketing might be your calling. Whichever direction you take, you will have Oakton faculty behind you every step of the way. Whether you start with a certificate, an applied associates degree or have the goal of transferring, it is wise to start with Oakton, your community's college. 

What Do You Want to Be?

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From Certificates to:

  • EMT
  • Entrepreneur
  • Compliance specialist
  • Customs analyst
  • Paramedic
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From A.A.S. degrees to:

  • Firefighter
  • Manager
  • Paralegal
  • Police officer 
  • Substance abuse counselor
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From Associate to Bachelor's and beyond:

  • Advertiser
  • Certified public accountant (CPA)
  • Counselor
  • Financial manager
  • Social worker

How Will You Get There?

Careers in Public and Professional Business Services are for those who want to get ahead and give back to their community. For instance, depending on the number of classes you take each semester:

Can be completed within 2+ years

Designed to be finished at Oakton and prepare you directly for the workforce with industry-relevant coursework.

Can be completed within 2+ years

Designed to transfer into a 4-year Bachelor's program (A.A. or A.S. will depend on your transfer institution and major); includes General Education coursework. View Oakton's Transfer Partnerships and Guides here.

Oakton offers pre-majors:

Can be completed within 6 months - 1+ year

Gain a new skill or upskill to enhance your resume; complete it stand-alone or talk with Advising to plan how the certificate can a stepping stone to a further degree. Visit the Applied Associate of Sciences (A.A.S.) degrees pages for a full list of certificates available.

Jose Ramirez

"I wanted to help people and help my community. The whole idea just inspired me and pushed me more to go for a career in public service."

Learn how Jose helps his community

Jose Ramirez

A.A.S. Fire Science Technology

Maria Gutierrez

"This is my purpose. I want to help students see that they can get the assistance to go to college, no matter what."

Read more about Maria paving the way in college

Maria Gutierrez

Accounting Certificate

Talk with Admission to map your path

Where to Begin?

Every great professional starts out right where you are. The first step in your college journey (and where it takes you) is to fill out an application. Select this Area of Interest in your application, so we can best support you explore this path.