Business Office Specialist


Business Office Specialist

Fast Facts

Tuition and fees:
$12,160 - $14,500
Program length:
9 months
Average salary:

Train for a Career as an Administrative Assistant—Online or On-campus

Complete your administrative assistant training in as little as nine months.

Imagine a career where you could work alongside talented business professionals and contribute to companies in a variety of office support roles. If you are interested in working in a business setting that provides the world with services and products that people need, pursuing a career in administrative assisting could be a great place to start.

According to the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP), administrative professionals need a base of knowledge ranging from technical skills to communication abilities. At Virginia College, you could gain the skills in organization, planning, information distribution and administration needed for a career in administrative assisting or executive assisting.

Your path to becoming an office specialist could start in our supportive business specialist school. We offer online and on-campus administrative assistant training so you can choose the track that best fits your busy lifestyle. Both educational experiences are designed to get you career ready in as little as nine months.

Gain Practical Administrative Assistant Skills

Businesses rely on administrative assistants and office specialists to have the people skills and technical abilities to keep operations running smoothly. Virginia College’s Business Office Specialist diploma/certificate program is designed to relate directly to what you’ll need on the job.

This program emphasizes Microsoft Office and includes courses in Microsoft Word and Excel. Our administrative assistant training targets the relevant knowledge and technical skills you need to pursue business office specialist jobs. Courses are designed to provide you with the tools you need to become a well-rounded and qualified professional with the skills to manage the administrative needs of today’s office environments.

As a graduate with an office specialist certificate or diploma, you should be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate practical proficiency in the basic application of current office software including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation development
  • Utilize the Internet, e-mail and basic PC knowledge
  • Implement basic project management in an office environment
  • Understand basic business operations
  • Write and type professional business documents
  • Type at an acceptable industry speed
  • Coordinate a successful job search

Business Courses to Help You Become an Office Specialist

Our business courses are designed to help you grasp the processes and principles that guide companies. We cover the basics of business, from marketing to finance, so that you can gain familiarity with the factors that go into running a business.

You’ll have the opportunity to learn project management concepts through real-world examples and interactive discussions. Coursework includes developing stronger writing and speaking skills for the professional environment. Everything you learn is intended to prepare you for a career as an office specialist.

Administrative Assistant Job Description

Secretaries, administrative assistants, and office assistants perform clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments and support other staff. Although these office professionals work in nearly every industry, many are employed in schools, hospitals, governments, and legal and medical offices. Most work full time in office settings. Virtual assistants typically work from a home office.

What does an administrative assistant do?

  • Manage and distribute information
  • Greet clients or customers
  • Schedule and plan events
  • Create spreadsheets and presentations
  • Develop and maintain filing system
  • Type, edit and proofread
  • Manage inventory and supplies
  • Resolve operational issues
  • Complete administrative projects and assist with reports
  • Reconcile expense reports

Our Career Services team can work with you to review your resume and help you discover potential career paths. We also have a course dedicated to preparing you for the job search. Completing our Business Office Specialist diploma/certificate program could help you enter the field with confidence.

How Much Do Administrative Assistants Make?

According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average salary for administrative assistants and secretaries is $36,500.* Salaries will vary between industries, positions, and location. Executive administrative assistants often earn a higher salary due to increased responsibilities. The average salary for executive assistants is $55,460.* Pursuing a career in administrative assisting could present various career growth opportunities.

Take the first step.

Virginia College makes it easy for you to get yourself on the fast track to preparing for a career as a Business Office Specialist. Fill out the Request More Information form or give us a call to learn more.

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Virginia College does not guarantee employment or career advancement.

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition, Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, (accessed August 2016). Expected growth rate through the year 2024. National long-term projections and salary averages may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth or any particular salary.

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