Careers

The program includes students working 240 hours in a variety of offices. Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Administrative Professional or Certified Professional Secretary examinations sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. When they pass the written exam, they will become credentialed as certified Administrative Professionals or Certified Professional Secretaries after working full-time for one year.

Graduates of the administrative Office Professional program can expect to find a wide-range of career opportunities, such as:

  • First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers
  • Administrative Services Managers
  • Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

Depending on the job and level of responsibility, tasks and duties of these jobs could include answering phone calls, recording meeting minutes, making travel arrangements, training and instructing new employees, reviewing records pertaining to production and payroll, conducting interviews, and coordinating support services throughout the department or organization.

Graduates of the Office Specialist and Office Technology Skills certificate programs will be prepared for entry-level positions such as general clerk, file clerk, receptionist, typist, transcriptionist, data entry clerk, and word processor. Duties will vary with the employer and the individual's level of training and experience. Information on associated occupations, cost of attendance, loan debt for completers, and on-time completion rates for certificates can be found under Gainful Employment.

For more information about these careers, as well the current employment outlook, visit the U.S. Department of Labor and Oregon Employment Department websites.