Many current job descriptions for administrative support personnel reflect the numerous advances in business technology and stress the need for communications and customer service skills more than ever. With excellent computer aptitude, strong communications skills, and marketing savvy, applicants can improve their chances of landing the job they want. Pursuing an associate's degree in business administration may help you acquire and improve those skills and prepare you for success in today’s dynamic office environment.
As businesses look for ways to cut costs and increase efficiency, employers are assigning administrative assistants more complex duties, including supervisory, analytical, and office management work. This increased responsibility highlights the need for administrative assistants with technical, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills and a keen knowledge of business culture and trends. Courses offered in an associate's degree program in business administration may help you acquire and develop those skills and competencies.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts overall, the number of new jobs for administrative assistants in the U.S. is expected to grow by about 362,000 from 2006 to 2016.(1)
Candidates with advanced computer skills will be in higher demand as businesses continue to prioritize the use of technology. Administrative assistants can combine the knowledge gained from a college degree and their mastery of proprietary software and business culture to advance their careers.
Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2008-09 Edition: Secretaries and Administrative Assistants (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos151.htm)
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