Executive Office Professional Degrees: Career Diploma, Associate & Online Class Info

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With an Executive Office Professional diploma earned from a trade or career school or community college you can be on your way to a new job as an executive or administrative assistant in under a year. You will take classes in such subjects as business software, database applications, accounting, and e-business in order to prepare you for your new career. Read the following article to find out more.
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Why pursue an Executive Office Professional Diploma?

An Executive Office Professional diploma may be your ticket to a career as a valuable, responsible, high-level employee in a business of any type or size. With the communications and other business skills you will learn through your studies, you will be up to any challenge you face on the job.

Career possibilities

You will be suited to work as an administrative or executive assistant, human resources assistant, bookkeeper, or marketing assistant. You will be an asset in any of these positions with your skills in various software applications, accounting and business communications.

Occupational outlook

The 2006 Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.BLS.gov) projects that growth is expected to be slower than average (0%-8% per year) in many office professional positions, but that many job openings will occur as currently employed professionals leave their positions for any number of reasons (retirement, relocation, promotion, etc.). With your diploma you should be well-positioned to apply for any office professional opening that appeals to you.

Salary information

Although as an entry-level worker your starting salary may be under $20,000 a year, you should be able to advance pretty quickly, and the 2006 Occupational Outlook Handbook (www.BLS.gov) reports that median earnings for certain office professionals (including executive secretaries and administrative assistants) were $34,970 per year as of 2004 (this reflects the most recent data collected; salaries should be somewhat higher now).

Coursework requirements

  • Business Concepts
  • MS Word
  • Business Software Applications
  • Database Applications
  • Spreadsheets
  • Accounting
  • Fundamentals of eBusiness

Skills you will learn

Your diploma will ensure you have the necessary skills and training to work in an office of any size and to perform job duties ranging from client services to basic bookkeeping, information organization and retrieval, and creation of spreadsheets and other types of reports.

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