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Jobs Requiring Excel Skills

Several jobs require the use of Excel, a spreadsheet program that is used for many purposes within a business or organization. Learn about career options, salary information, job growth, and the education needed for some of these careers.

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Career Options that Require Excel Skills

Excel is a computer program used by a variety of professionals to record and analyze data. There are many jobs where you could utilize Excel or other spreadsheet software, though not all positions require it. Here you can find information about some career options where you could be required to use Excel.

Job Title Median Salary (2016)* Job Growth (2014-2024)*
Administrative Assistant $37,230 (for all secretaries and administrative assistants) 3% (for all secretaries and administrative assistants)
Information Clerk $32,920 2%
Accountant or Auditor $68,150 11%
Cost Estimator $61,790 9%
Financial Analyst $81,760 12%
Sales Manager $117,960 5%

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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Career Information for Jobs that Require Excel Skills

Administrative Assistant

Administrative assistants are responsible for helping the organization they work for run smoothly by completing a variety of different tasks. They may schedule appointments, create reports, organize documents, or greet visitors. Administrative assistants need to have experience with Excel to prepare spreadsheets needed in the office. A high school diploma and experience with word processing and Excel is needed to become an administrative assistant.

Information Clerk

Information clerks assist customers with information about the business or organization they are working for. Additionally, they could collect data and file reports based on the data. Information clerks need Excel spreadsheet experience in order to help with organization and data collection. In this field, applicants need a high school diploma, but some employers require an associate's degree or coursework related to the field.

Accountants and Auditors

Accountants and auditors look over financial statements and documents to ensure accuracy. They must be organized to file important financial information and submit tax returns. Many accountants and auditors utilize spreadsheets to assist with the organization of financial information. Accountants and auditors must have a minimum of a bachelor's degree in accounting. Advanced coursework is needed in order to secure certification as a CPA.

Cost Estimator

Cost estimators work with engineers and project managers to determine the amount of time, money, and labor needed for a project. They use spreadsheets, such as Excel, to organize data and calculate estimates. Cost estimators also keep track of past projects to examine data to use for future projects. To become a cost estimator, applicants normally need a bachelor's degree, though some employers accept construction experience.

Financial Analyst

Financial analysts need experience in a variety of computer software programs, including spreadsheets, to analyze data, business trends, and investments. They study the data to help decide on investment opportunities and write reports detailing the information. Financial analysts also help to develop different options to increase the financial gain of a business or organization. A bachelor's degree is required to be a financial analyst, though some positions require a master's degree.

Sales Manager

Sales managers are responsible for handling sales workers, customer complaints, and sales data. They must have experience with data software, including Excel, to be able to record and analyze sales information. They use that information to help set goals, determine project profits, and find new ways to enhance the business. Sales managers generally have a bachelor's degree and sales experience.

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