Administrative Office Technology

administrative office technology

The Administrative Office Technology major prepares students to work in the modern office. Instruction in the software packages commonly used in office environments, telephone training, information processing, accounting and other business skills will give you the ability to work independently and take full responsibility for handling the details of office administration.

A Career in Administrative Office Technology

The role of the administrative professional has evolved a great deal over the years as the use of technology and office automation has continued to expand in offices.

In spite of these changes, however, the core responsibilities for secretaries and administrative assistants have remained basically the same: Performing and coordinating an office’s administrative activities and storing, retrieving and integrating information for dissemination to staff and clients.

According the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for administrative professionals are expected to increase through 2024. Among specialties, medical records technicians are expected to have faster than average employment growth.

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What Will I Do as an Administrative Professional?

Administrative assistants perform a variety of tasks to assist professional staff members and to maintain smooth and efficient office operation. They monitor day-to-day office operations and set up and maintain schedules. In addition, they operate a variety of office machines and equipment to process and facilitate internal and external correspondence.

Entry level positions could include: administrative assistant, legal secretary, medical secretary, bookkeeper, data entry clerk, typist, office manager, accountant assistant, and much more.

Some Job Duties May Include:

  • Answer telephones and give information to callers, take messages or transfer calls to appropriate individuals
  • Collect and disburse funds from cash accounts, and keep records of collections and disbursements
  • Complete forms in accordance with company procedures
  • Compose, type and distribute meeting notes, routine correspondence and reports
  • Greet visitors and callers, handle their inquiries and direct them to the appropriate persons according to their needs

Career Quick Facts

Career Outlook
  • Median Salary Average: $34,790
  • SC Salary Range: $22,760-$49,780
  • 77% placement rate for 2015-2017 graduates
Physical Demands
  • sedentary
  • general moving about an office environment
  • light lifting (boxes of papers, files, etc.)
Entry Level Positions
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Office Manager
  • Medical Secretary
  • Legal Secretary
List of Employers

Recent graduates have found work at:

  • 1st Franklin Financial
  • Abbeville Area Medical Center
  • Abbeville Seaboard Federal Credit Union
  • Advance America
  • Ala's
  • American Cancer Society
  • Amick Farms
  • AnMed Health
  • Bank of America
  • BB&T
  • Bi-Lo
  • Blue Ridge Companies
  • Burger King
  • Calhoun Falls Charter School
  • Carolina Health Systems
  • Carolina Medical Weight Management
  • Carolina Packaging
  • Carolina Sinus Center
  • Chapin Family Practice
  • Charter Communications
  • Check Into Cash
  • Clemson University
  • Cole Law Firm
  • Community Long-Term Care
  • Compass Family Medicine
  • Concentrix
  • Connie Maxwell Children's Home
  • County Bank
  • Davis and Floyd
  • Department of Transportation
  • Digestive Disease Group
  • Edgefield County Hospital
  • Elliott Davis, LLC
  • Emerald Credit Association FCU
  • Family Dollar
  • First Citizens Bank
  • Fiserv
  • Founders Federal Credit Union
  • Fuji Photo Film
  • General Information Services
  • Georgia-Pacific
  • GLEAMNS
  • Greenville Hospital System
  • Greenwood County
  • Greenwood Genetic Center
  • Greenwood Internal Medicine
  • Greenwood Music
  • Greenwood OB/GYN
  • Greenwood Packing Plant 
  • Greenwood School District 50
  • Greenwood Surgical Associates
  • H & R Block
  • HospiceCare of The Piedmont
  • Howe & Rice Attorneys
  • IDEAL HR
  • InSite Support Services
  • Jackson Hewitt
  • Josten's
  • JW Yonce and Sons Farms
  • Key Benefit Administrators
  • Kimura
  • Kinard Control Systems
  • Las Vegas Radiology
  • Laurens County Health Care System (Now Prisma Health)
  • Laurens Electric Co-Op
  • Laurens School District 55
  • Laurens Sheriffs Department – Change to Laurens County Sheriff’s Department
  • Lexington Extended Care
  • Lexington Medical Center
  • Lonza
  • M & M Income Tax
  • McCormick School District
  • McDonald Patrick Law Firm
  • Medical Services of America
  • Newberry County Council on Aging
  • Milliken & Co.
  • Montgomery Center
  • Montgomery Eye Associates
  • Moore Center for Orthopedics
  • New Haven Apartments
  • Newberry County Memorial Hospital
  • Newberry County School District
  • OneMain Financial
  • Ouzts-Tinney Chiropractic & Spinal Rehabilitation
  • Palmetto Dental Associates
  • Park Seed
  • Pathology Services Associates, LLC
  • Piedmont Cardiology
  • Piedmont Health Group
  • Piedmont Neurology Associates PA
  • Piedmont Pediatrics
  • Piedmont Rural Telephone Company
  • Piedmont Technical College
  • Pinner Clinic
  • Provident Community Bank
  • PSA Medical Billing
  • Quest Diagnostics
  • Randall Williams, Attorney
  • Red Lobster
  • Regions Bank
  • Renaissance RX
  • RP Field Services
  • Saluda County Summary Court
  • Saluda District One
  • Saluda Nursing Home
  • Scott's Furniture Co.
  • Self Medical Group
  • Self Regional FCU
  • Self Regional Healthcare
  • South Carolina Department of Transportation
  • South Carolina Medical Management, LLC
  • South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
  • Southeastern Freight Line
  • Southeast Federal Credit Union
  • Southern Urogynecology
  • Spinx
  • Stokes-Trainor
  • Sun Printing
  • TD Bank
  • The Law Office of Joshua Nasrollahi
  • The Self Foundation
  • Tinsley & Adams
  • Titan Farms
  • TitleMax
  • Tower Pointe Medical Center
  • Town of Calhoun Falls
  • Trucast
  • Turner & Burney Law Firm
  • Turning Point Women’s Center
  • Twilley Seed Co.
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • Velux
  • Verizon Wireless
  • Vulcan Materials Company
  • Walgreen's
  • Wal-Mart
  • Whitten Center
  • Willson, Jones, Carter & Baxley, PA

Program Information

Developing skills in keyboarding, word processing, spreadsheet applications, information management, dictation and transcription, Administrative Office Technology graduates provide a service necessary to the efficient operation of every business, industry and agency. Actual work experience gained in an area of business or industry gives the student an opportunity to assume on-the-job responsibilities even before graduation. During this two-year course of study, students choose electives in the field of work in which they are most interested. The student may choose an accounting, legal, medical or medical coding/billing concentration.

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