Take note: Administrative assistants a growing career for future
Today’s offices are filled with technology that demands personnel with necessary office, technology and interpersonal skills. Students interested in helping today’s offices run smoothly may consider the administrative assistant program.
“Administrative assistant is a growing field. It’s definitely a hot area,” said Christina “Chris” Olds, professor of Computer Information Systems at JCC.
Administrative assistant is a good option for someone looking to work in an office environment in support position. There should be good prospects for jobs, as many Baby Boomers will soon be retiring and their jobs will also be available.
– Christina “Chris” Olds
Get started with JCC’s administrative assistant program, which provides students with a solid foundation for higher-level support positions in an office setting. Secretaries and administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently. They may serve as:
- information and communications managers;
- plan and schedule meetings and appointments;
- organize and maintain paper and electronic files;
- manage projects;
- conduct research;
- disseminate information by using the telephone, mail services, websites and e-mail; and,
- handle travel and guest arrangements.
As a career, administrative assistants rank as one of the largest occupations in the U.S. Employment is expected to grow 11 percent over the coming few years. Wages range from about $26,000 annually to almost $60,000 a year, depending on the position and field.
Salary ranges: $26,000 – $60,000 per year
“Administrative assistant is a good option for someone looking to work in an office environment in support position,” Olds said. “There should be good prospects for jobs, as many Baby Boomers will soon be retiring and their jobs will also be available.”
“You do really need to know your software, because everything you do in this line of work requires you to have excellent computer skills,” she said. “Customer service needs to be your No. 1 priority, one of the most important things.”