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Office Administration

Students may choose from a degree, diploma or certificate in Office Administration in a day program, or a diploma or certificate in an evening program.

Most courses in the Office Administration degree program are also offered online, making this program flexible enough to fit almost any schedule.

The curriculum is designed to prepare you for employment in administrative support careers using current office technology, oral and written communication, and computer software applications.

Successful graduates may attain employment in a broad range of business settings including government agencies, financial or educational institutions and small to large business or industry.

Online Certificate Option

Fast track your way to a certificate in Office Administration in a single semester!

The Office Administration Certificate is offered completely online and includes the courses you will need for an entry-level position in an office setting. Courses include Keyboarding, Word Processing, Text Editing Applications, Text Entry and Formatting and Administrative Office Management.

Courses are offered in two, 8-week modules. Three courses are offered the first 8 weeks and two are offered the second 8 weeks, completing a 16-week semester.

Careers in Office Administration

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, the office administration occupation ranks among those with the largest number of job openings. Opportunities are best for applicants with extensive knowledge of computer software applications.
Administrative office assistants are increasingly assuming responsibilities once reserved for managerial and professional staff. They held about 4.3 million jobs in 2008, ranking it among the largest occupations in the U.S. economy. Employment is projected to grow by about 11 percent through 2018. In addition to jobs created from growth, numerous jobs will arise from the need to replace individuals who leave their current positions.

Gainful Employment
Office Administration Certificate
Office Administration Diploma
Professional Office Administration Certificate


Labor Market Projections

Majors/Programs with Potential Occupations Job Openings Projected To Year 2014 in Pee Dee WDB Region Average % Total Job Openings In This Region Est. Salary Range +/-
Customer Service Representative 720 1.06% $32,903
Receptionist 460 0.68% $24,513
Medical Secretary 550 0.81% $29,004

Extracurricular Activities

Phi Beta Lambda is a voluntary campus organization that provides students with leadership opportunities to gain valuable experience for the job market. Students participate in activities such as promoting their profession in the community; fundraising and outreach projects; and networking with people, agencies and organizations that play a vital role in their profession. Students have the opportunity to attend state and national conferences and compete with other students in various areas of specialization in the business professions.

Office Administration Department | (910) 576-6222

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Mike Collins

Program Head, Office Administration

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"After losing my job at the mill after 16 years, my instructor was a real confidence booster. She kept telling me, ‘You can do this.’ At the end of the program, I did a mock interview and her feedback was invaluable. A few weeks later I had a real job interview. I felt really prepared and I got the job!"

~ Kimberly Gibson

Administrative Secretary
NC State Cooperative Extension Service


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