Office Administration

Earnings Potential

  • Office and administrative support supervisors make an average of $41,310.
  • Sectaries and administrative assistants can average $34,970 a year.
  • The highest 10% of office administrators can make up to $67,800 per year.

Facts at a glance

  • Most jobs are filled by promoting office or administrative support workers from within the organization.
  • Office automation will cause employment in some office and administrative support occupations to grow slowly or even decline, resulting in slower-than-average growth among supervisors and managers.
  • Applicants are likely to encounter keen competition because their numbers should greatly exceed the number of job openings.

Summary of what this career entails

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all organizations need timely and effective office and administrative support to operate efficiently. Office and administrative support supervisors and managers coordinate this support. These workers are employed in virtually every sector of the economy, working in positions as varied as teller supervisor, customer services manager, or shipping and receiving supervisor. As the reliance on technology continues to expand in offices, the role of the office professional has greatly evolved. Office automation and organizational restructuring have led secretaries and administrative assistants to assume responsibilities once reserved for managerial and professional staff. Many secretaries and administrative assistants now provide training and orientation for new staff, conduct research on the Internet, and operate and troubleshoot new office technologies. In spite of these changes, however, the core responsibilities for secretaries and administrative assistants have remained much the same: Performing and coordinating an office’s administrative activities and storing, retrieving, and integrating information for dissemination to staff and clients.

Examples and or details of work

On November 3, 2006 Telegram.com reported that Oxford’s school committee agreed to a one final- three year agreement with sectaries to discuss their wages and benefits. The committee will not agree to negotiate with the non-union employees as if they were unionized again.

Degrees that lead to this career

Some of the degrees that individuals can attain include:

  • A.A.S. in Office Administration
  • A.A.S. in Professional Technical
  • A.S. in Business Administration
  • B.S. in Office Administration/Management

Specific Career openings in this field

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Office and Administrative Support Worker Supervisors and Managers, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos127.htm  

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2006-07 Edition, Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos151.htm 

Oleson, Ellie. “Oxford sets new terms for school secretaries

Union-style treatment will end, board warns”
Telegram.com 03 Nov 2006. 03 Nov 2006. http://www.telegram.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061103/NEWS/611030651/1004/RSS01&source=rss.

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