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: $28,690
  • SC Salary Range: $18,490-41,020
  • 77% placement rate for 2015-2017 graduates
Entry Level Positions
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Data Entry Clerk
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Office Manager
  • Medical Secretary
  • Legal Secretary
Employers
  • Jackson Hewitt
  • Laurens County Health Care System
  • Montgomery Eye Associates
  • Self Regional Healthcare
  • Sun Printing
  • Velux
  • Turner & Burney Law Firm
  • Whitten Center
  • Provident Community Bank
  • Piedmont Rural Telephone Company
  • Newberry County Memorial Hospital
  • M & M Income Tax
  • Laurens Sheriffs Department
  • More ...

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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