Office Careers Technology

WHAT DOES AN OFFICE                 PROFESSIONAL DO? 

A career as an office professional can be challenging and rewarding.  Administrative assistants perform clerical and administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining files, booking travel and providing information to callers. Our program prepares you for an entry-level position in the workplace, and can lead to more specialized office career training offered at Washburn Tech.

LEARNING AT WASHBURN TECH

Our office assistant training provides instruction in computer software including Microsoft Office, Word, Excel and QuickBooks. Skills are enhanced through application and simulations using the Gregg Reference Manual and 10-key entry. Other areas of emphasis include document processing, human relations, accounting and business communication. Attending full-time, you can complete the program in one semester while part-time and high school students can finish the program in two semesters.  Upon completion, you will earn a 24 credit hour technical certificate. These core classes also count toward a certificate in our more advanced business programs, which are business, bookkeeping and accounting, legal office professional and medical office specialist. 

JOB AND SALARY OUTLOOK 

While overall employment is expected to decline for this career, due to office automation and consolidation of clerical jobs, favorable opportunities are still expected. The U.S. Department of Labor says job prospects are best for those who have data-entry skills and are familiar with a wide range of office machines. According to the Kansas Department of Labor, the average salary for entry-level office professionals was $12.93 an hour or $26,904 annually in 2015. The average salary was $14.69 an hour or $30,565 annually.

Annual wage / salary

Hourly wage

Entry $26,904 $12.93
Average $30,565 $14.69

CERTIFICATIONS

Microsoft Office Specialist in Word and Excel
OSHA-10

SCHEDULE

This program begins every January and August.

Daytime Options:
M-F 8:00a—11:10a (2 semester pathway)
M-F 11:45a—2:55p (2 semester pathway)
M-F 8:00a—2:55p (1 semester pathway)