Office Administration

Administrative Support

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

Like variety in your day and working with people? An office administration career may be right for you. In this role – whether as an executive assistant, office manager, or receptionist – no two days will ever be the same. You’ll interact daily with clients, coworkers, and third-party vendors, suppliers, and business partners. In many cases, you are the face and voice of an office or department. As that first point of contact, your professionalism will create that first impression of your team or organization as a whole.

Effective communication and strong management skills are keys to success. Why? Because you’re responsible for ensuring day-to-day office operations run smoothly. This may include managing others’ schedules, organizing meetings, making travel arrangements, and communicating clearly through email, phone, and face-to-face interactions.

Office Administration is needed in all job sectors: business, education, government, health, manufacturing, and more. Learn more about these rewarding program options.

Skills Acquired

  • Create business letters, reports, and memos.
  • Recognize and identify corporate values and business ethics.
  • Effectively communicate through writing and speaking.
  • Manage communication through group interaction, conflict resolution, and decision making.
  • Organize meetings (agendas, minutes, travel arrangements).
2015 Placement Rate
Central MN Average Hourly Wage

Career Choices

Types of Careers

  • Administrative Assistant/Secretary
  • Executive Assistant/Secretary
  • Data entry
  • Receptionist
  • Office Manager
  • Virtual Assistant
  • Copywriter

Potential Employers

  • Governmental agencies
  • For-profit businesses and firms
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Schools
  • Medical centers
  • Self-employed

Projected Job Growth

According to MN DEED, the average job growth rate in the state of Minnesota for Administrative Support is 10.8%.

Average State Pay

According to MN DEED, in 2014, Administrative Support professionals earned a median salary of $35,400 in the state of Minnesota.

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