Computer Applications in Business
The need for effective computer skills is essential for workers in all fields. Students in this field are trained to use technology and software applications to perform and coordinate the administrative activities of an office and ensure that information is collected and disseminated to staff and clients. Employees provide support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, managing databases, preparing spreadsheets and presentations, creating publications, creating web pages, managing the office schedule, and handling information requests. Mastery of computer applications, communication skills, and office management skills helps students be successful in many careers, as well as in further education.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, administrative services is one of the largest occupational categories. Three of the largest occupations were office and administrative support jobs, helping to make office and administrative support the largest occupational group overall, representing 17 percent of total employment. The next largest groups were sales and related occupations and food preparation and serving related occupations, which made up about 11 and 9 percent of U.S. employment, respectively. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Office-and-Administrative-Support/home.htm)
Employment in administrative services occupations is projected to grow about as fast as the average . Secretaries and administrative assistants will have among the largest number of job openings due to growth and the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations, including exceptionally skilled executive secretaries and administrative assistants who often move into professional occupations. Job opportunities should be best for applicants with extensive knowledge of computer software applications, with experience as a secretary or administrative assistant, or with advanced communication and computer skills. Applicants with a bachelor's degree will be in great demand to act more as managerial assistants and to perform more complex tasks.
Employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is expected to increase by 11 percent, which is about as fast as the average for all occupations, between 2008 and 2018. Projected employment varies by occupational specialty (http://www.onetonline.org/link/summary/43-6011.00).
What/Where the jobs are
Numerous job categories exist in this field and include the following:
· Accounting Technician and Bookkeeping
· Administrative Assistant and Executive Secretary
· Business/Office Technology/Data Entry
· Computer Applications/Desktop Publishing
· Customer Support/Library Services
· General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
· Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk
· Information and Database Support
· Legal Administrative Assistant/Secretary
· Logistics and Materials Support
· Medical Secretary
· Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller
· Medical Health Management and Clinical Assistant
· Order Clerks
· Office Management and Supervision
· Transportation Support
Large concentrations of this occupation are found in these industries:
· Educational services, private (NAICS611000) (12.4%)
· Finance and insurance (NAICS520000) (9.9%)
· State and local government (9%)
· Administrative and support services (NAICS561000) (6.9%)
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Brenda Woodward, Brenda.Woodward@iavalley.edu
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