Business, Finance & Information Technology


If you’re a natural born leader who considers yourself an influencer among friends or if you’re organized, enjoy math and new technology, consider a career in this field. You can expect opportunities for leadership experience and training with the latest technology.

Some highlights include:

  • An “Accelerate Your Degree” program through the Business Department, which allows you to complete your degree in as little as 18 months
  • Preparation for industry certification exams that lead to high paying, in-demand job opportunities
  • Award-winning faculty, such as Joe Sullivan and William Martin, who were recently recognized as Cisco Instructor Excellence Experts, a title only given to the top 10 percent of instructors globally across all curricula

Business

Whether your goals are to earn a bachelor’s degree, enter a business career immediately or advance at work, JJC's Business Department can help you. Our faculty bring real-world experience to the classroom, preparing students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in an ever-changing business environment.

  • About Us | Contact Information

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, business and financial operations positions are projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026.

    JJC's program offers degrees and certificates in many areas, including  accounting, business administration, marketing, management, human resources and hospitality. When you begin your business education JJC, you will have access to many exciting career opportunities in a variety of business and non-business fields.  

    View the Occupational Outlook Handbook to learn more about business occupations, job summaries, entry-level education and median pay. 
     

    Contact Information

    William O'Connor
    Business Department Chair & Professor
    Office: T-2034
    815.280.2404
    woconnor@jjc.edu

  • What Do You Want to Accomplish?

    Business Transfer Degree Program

    The​ Associate of Arts (AA) business transfer degree program is designed to start you on the path toward a bachelor's degree. It allows students to complete their general education course requirements in business at a fraction of the cost of a four-year school. Benefits include:

    • Savings in tuition and fees over a two-year period in comparison to a state university
    • Higher chances of acceptance into your dream school
    • Undecided? An AA business transfer degree is a general degree in business that can later be applied to any business major.

    Speak to our faculty advisers to see if the AA business transfer degree is the right choice for you.

    Start or Further My Career
    (not intending to transfer)

    An Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) business program is designed for students who wish to start their business career right away after graduation.

    Visit the program pages below to learn more about each program's requirements and career prospects. We encourage you to speak with our faculty advisors who will assist you in choosing the path to fit your career goals.

    Earn a Specialized Certificate

    If you need to expand your qualifications or acquire new skills, a certificate may be the right choice. We offer a wide range of certificates in business that can be earned in as little as one semester.

    See our programs listed below to learn more about certificates available in each area of concentration.

    As always, we encourage you to speak with our faculty advisors who will help you to get the most out of your time at JJC.

    How Long Will it Take?

    We offer class schedules with your individual needs in mind: from online only and hyrbrid classes to weekend and evening classes, we can help you complete your business degree in as little as 18 months - or a certificate within six months. 

    Contact Information

    Contacting a Business Department faculty advisor is a good way to start. They will help you develop an educational plan that gives you time to make decisions and avoid costly mistakes.

    Hospitality Advisor

    Catherine Anderson
    (815) 280-2345
    canderso@jjc.edu

    Business/Transfer Advisor

    Wayne Gawlik
    (815) 280-2419
    wgawlik@jjc.edu

    Accounting/Business/Transfer Advisors

    Lori Johnson
    (815) 280-6792
    ljohnson@jjc.edu

    Michelle Meyer
    (815) 280-7722
    mimeyer@jjc.edu

  • Beyond Study

    Your time as a student in the JJC Business Department is not just about getting a degree. We will help you start a career, highlight your academic accomplishments, and have some fun along the way.

    Internships

    An internship is not only a great experience, but a great addition to a professional resume.

    To learn more about available internships, contact Professor Michelle Meyer at mimeyer@jjc.edu or visit the JJC Career Services webpage.

    Scholarships
    • The Joliet Junior College Foundation awards approximately 300 scholarships annually, many of which are given specifically to business students.

    • Visit Awardspring to browse and search available scholarships.

    • Visit the JJC Scholarships webpage to learn about the application process and deadlines.

    Clubs

    JJC Business Club 

    We're all about socialization, networking and learning about the business world outside of the classroom. Everyone is welcome to join - you don’t need to be a business major. There is no fee to be a part of the club.

    Contact advisor Lori Johnson by phone at (815) 280-6792, via email ljohnson@jjc.edu, or find us on Facebook (JJC Business Club).

    Dollars & Sense Club

    This is an active, dynamic, financially-oriented JJC Collegiate Campus Club focused on saving, investing and wealth management. Everyone can join. There are no major requirements and no fees.

    To learn more about the Dollars & Sense Club, contact them by: 

Information Technology

As technology increasingly plays a vital role in every area of life, job opportunities for graduates expand every year, with many earning six-figure salaries.   JJC offers degrees and certificates in many exciting and cutting-edge areas such as Cisco, Management Information Systems, iPhone programming and more.   Our programs help students begin their careers or prepare them for transfer to a four-year university. JJC can also help increase the skills and earning potential for those already employed in the field. Many classes are offered online. We invite you to explore the programs we offer and contact our program advisors with questions.

Transfer to a Four-Year School

You can save thousands on your education by attending JJC your first two semesters compared to a four-year public or private institution.

Study Abroad

As a member of the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP), JJC offers many study abroad opportunities around the world for students of any major. Destinations include Japan, Costa Rica, England, France and more!

  • How to Study Abroad

    At JJC, you can choose to study abroad during the fall, spring or summer semesters. All students who want to study abroad should fill out an application and have it completed by the deadlines below.

    • Spring Program: October 15
    • Summer Program: February 15
    • Fall Program: May 15
       

    More on Study Abroad

Careers

  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 213,431 25,727
    2020 214,929
    2021 215,786
    2022 216,196
    2023 216,339

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $27,374.39 $46,231.97
    25 $35,445.14
    50 $46,231.97
    75 $58,764.73
    90 $73,851.87

    Education Attainment Levels - Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 47.24
    A Certificate 20.79
    Some College 4.72
    An Associate Degree 8.54
    A Bachelor's Degree 12.19
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 6.52
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 288,407 33,131
    2020 289,841
    2021 290,355
    2022 290,106
    2023 289,648

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $26,020.69 $42,046.32
    25 $33,192.13
    50 $42,046.32
    75 $52,546.08
    90 $63,678.93

    Education Attainment Levels - Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 49.90
    A Certificate 6.51
    Some College 10.23
    An Associate Degree 22.37
    A Bachelor's Degree 10.98
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 53,737 5,944
    2020 54,057
    2021 54,281
    2022 54,390
    2023 54,439

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $35,452.61 $61,400.83
    25 $45,517.24
    50 $61,400.83
    75 $83,277.61
    90 $107,867.23

    Education Attainment Levels - First-Line Supervisors of Production and Operating Workers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 47.43
    A Certificate 8.60
    Some College 14.47
    An Associate Degree 5.89
    A Bachelor's Degree 23.61
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 158,780 17,803
    2020 158,762
    2021 158,719
    2022 158,636
    2023 158,647

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $21,270.44 $37,762.67
    25 $27,597.15
    50 $37,762.67
    75 $53,238.37
    90 $80,947.25

    Education Attainment Levels - First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 65.75
    A Certificate 8.92
    Some College 6.05
    An Associate Degree 18.86
    A Bachelor's Degree 0.42
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.00
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00
  • Computer Programmers

    Regional Employment & Annual Openings - Computer Programmers

    Employment (Regional) Annual Openings
    2019 34,332 3,006
    2020 34,921
    2021 35,272
    2022 35,493
    2023 35,610

    Annual Earnings & Median Earnings - Computer Programmers

    Annual Earnings (By Percentile) Median Earnings
    10 $54,360.21 $92,662.56
    25 $70,867.22
    50 $92,662.56
    75 $120,720.76
    90 $157,744.09

    Education Attainment Levels - Computer Programmers

    Education Attainment Levels (By Percent)
    A High School Diploma Or Less 0.00
    A Certificate 0.00
    Some College 2.52
    An Associate Degree 8.99
    A Bachelor's Degree 88.04
    A Master's Or Professional Degree 0.45
    A Doctoral Degree Or More 0.00