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You will typically need at least a high school diploma or equivalent to work as an office administrator. However, needs may differ among employers and industries. To gain an advantage while searching for careers, some experience with administrative tasks and the use of office-related software will be of benefit.
If you have a few years of experience as an office clerk or administrative assistant, that can be an asset. While not usually required, some employers may prefer a bachelor's degree in business administration or an associate's degree in office administration.
There are several hundred institutions in North America that offer office administration courses if it is required by the employer. Successful completion leads to certificates or diplomas in business administration.
Employers look for abilities that include:
Employers also look to fill positions with people who have good communication and organizational skills. It will also help to show initiative, demonstrate problem-solving skills and know how to manage tasks.
You will typically be expected to obtain at least a high school diploma before working as an office administrator. Taking additional courses in subjects such as education, statistics, English, business studies, information science or psychology can also help. Specialized administrative roles in areas such as human resources or marketing may require some additional professional qualifications.