Workforce Development and Continuing Education

Administrative Professional's Associate Degree and Certificate Program

Train for a career full of great advancement and employment opportunities

Now more than ever, business and government managers rely heavily on accomplished administrative assistants. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that there are more than four million administrative professional positions, making it one of the largest occupations in the nation. Further, the agency states that this field is projected to grow by another 11 percent or 471,000 new jobs by 2018. Job opportunities are especially abundant if you possess a strong background in computer applications.

TMCC's Workforce Development and Continuing Education department offers you two programs to prepare for an administrative professional career: a two-year Associate's degree or a one-year Certificate. Our programs feature the relevant instruction that employers are looking for.

Are you suited to become an executive's valued right hand?

Successful administrative professionals are

  • Highly organized,
  • Capable of juggling several projects at a time,
  • Deadline savvy,
  • Experts at maintaining confidentiality,
  • Versed in business etiquette and
  • Good communicators, both in writing and speaking.

Why should I consider this profession?

Administrative professionals enjoy

  • Consistent, predictable hours,
  • A fast-paced office environment,
  • Insurance and vacation benefits,
  • Abundant advancement opportunities and
  • A diversity of tasks.

Where do administrative professionals work?

  • Government
  • Education
  • Corporations
  • Financial, medical and legal firms

What types of duties is this job position responsible for?

  • Word processing: reports and memos
  • Efficiently navigating different software applications
  • Maintaining files
  • Handling inquiries
  • With experience, administrative professionals also manage executive schedules and take on important tasks such as streamlining office procedures, planning meetings and conferences and more.

What can I expect to earn?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, administrative professionals in Nevada earn a median annual salary of $35,000; those who've reached executive assistant levels earn $50,000 a year.

A formal education is required in today's workplace

There's a key difference between secretaries and administrative professionals: administrative assistants possess the formal education preparing them for progressively independent responsibilities that give them access to increased promotional opportunities. Usually, administrative assistants must work in the field several years before progressing to an executive administrative professional level.

One executive administrative assistant said this about her job. "It's fascinating work. You get to be part of the decision making process and there is constant variety."


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