Administrative Assistant/Office Assistant

a student in a business class
POTENTIAL JOB TITLE
Office Assistant
(*SOC Code 43-9061.00)

*Standard Occupational Classification System
PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS

This program provides the skills necessary for an entry-level clerical position in a variety of organizations, including:
Government agencies
Private industry
Banks
Accounting firms
Insurance companies
Legal firms
Medical offices
Real estate agencies
Court offices
Utility companies ...and many more.

Most graduates gain a position as a receptionist, secretary, administrative assistant, accounting clerk, word processor, or data entry clerk.

DEGREE & CERTIFICATE OPTIONS

A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the required Office Assistant courses. All credits earned iin completion of the Certificate of Applied Science may be applied toward the Administrative Assistant or Medical Administrative Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degrees and a high percentage of the coursework may be applied toward the Medical Assistant Associate of Applied Science Degree.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
  • Use current computer programs, including word processing, spreadsheet, and database software
  • Type proficiently on a computer keyboard
  • File and organize documents
  • Understand basic accounting and business math
  • Spell, proofread, and use proper business environment
  • Conduct an effective job search
CAREER CLOSEUP
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Job Outlook and Pay Info

Median Wage (MT)* $29,630
Median Wage (US)* $40,030
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Average entry-level wage, COT grads (2006-2010) $24,238.50
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Expected growth (MT)*
(projection through 2016)
13%
Expected growth (US)*
(projections through 2018)
14%
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, Office of Employment Projections; MT Dept. of Labor and Industry, Research and Analysis Bureau
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SKILLS, TRAITS, PREPARATORY CLASSES THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL
  • Mathematics to solve problems.
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work-related documents.
  • Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem solving and decision making.
PROGRAM COST AND COMPLETION INFORMATION

Program Completion information was not required for this program for the 2009-2010 academic year.


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