Office Administrators

Office Manager on Phone

Office administrators direct and coordinate the work activities of office workers within an office. They supervise office clerks and other workers in their tasks and plan department activities with other supervisory personnel. Administrators often define job duties and develop training programs for new workers. They evaluate the progress of their clerks and work with upper-management officials to ensure that the office staff meets productivity and quality goals. Office administrators often meet with office personnel to discuss job-related issues or problems, and they are responsible for maintaining a positive office environment. There are more than 1.4 million first-line supervisors of office and administrative support workers in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Administrative Services Managers, Facility Managers, Office Managers
Duties Direct and coordinate the work activities of office clerks and other staff
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, with high demand in California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania
Minimum Education Level
  • Associate's Degree
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience Internship; several years' experience as a clerk or other staff position
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Realistic
  • Business Management
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Vice President, Administrative Services
  • Mid-Level Adminstrative Services Manager
  • First-Line Administrative Services Manager
  • Administrative Assistant