For more than 35 years Beaty worked for the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. He began as an assistant supervisor of the Finance Division and held several positions before becoming chief of staff. He retired in 2003. During his tenure the annual budget of the department grew from $6.5 million to $170 million and his influence in fiscal responsibility is evidenced throughout the United States. Many states adopted and still use a cost per program model he developed.
Mr. Beaty was inducted to the CareerTech Hall of Fame in 2005.