The skills needed by clerical-level workers to perform the day-to-day chores of running a business have become more complex and technology-dependent as business itself has done the same. Administrative degree holders can seek positions at government agencies and non-profit organizations as well as with businesses.
Areas of concentration within administrative programs may include business communications, organization, and human resources management.
Associate's in Administrative Assisting
These programs typically require a high school diploma or equivalent for admission. Most colleges do not specify a class distribution, but students who have taken courses in typing and office skills will have an advantage.
An associate's degree program for administrative assistants will teach students how to perform typical office tasks such as scheduling meetings and appointments, filing and maintaining paper and electronic records, budgeting, taking phone calls, and conducting research. Most programs give special emphasis to the use of personal computers and business software as facilitating tools. Students could develop strong listening, writing, interpersonal and supervisory skills. Some program courses include:
- Accounting basics
- Business language & composition
- Computers & business software
- Dictation and transcription
- Office management
Employment Outlook and Salary Info
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS, www.bls.gov), the employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to grow 3% between 2014 and 2024. The BLS published different mean annual salaries for higher-level and lower-level administrative assistants in May 2015: according to the reports, executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants earned an average of $55,460 per year, while secretaries and administrative assistants not working in executive offices, and excepting legal and medical secretaries, earned an average $35,200 annually.
Continuing Education Information
Students who have earned an associate's degree in administrative assistance and want to further their careers can consider applying their degree toward a bachelor's in business administration. Many colleges that offer an administrative assistant associate's degree also have transfer programs for that very purpose. Those who earn a bachelor's degree can go on to pursue a master's in business administration.
Administrative assisting programs are usually offered at the associate's degree level, sometimes allowing students to focus their studies on topics such as business communications, organization, and human resource management. Graduates can typically seek secretarial and clerical work, though related bachelor's degrees may also be pursued.