Office Administrators

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 21 million people employed in office and administrative support occupations in the United States, spread across all industries.

Quick Facts
Duties Office managers supervise office workers; implement corporate policies in consultation with management; train or instruct and evaluate employees and recommend appropriate personnel action; review records and reports regarding corporate or department production, payroll, or shipping and verify details or monitor work activities.
Alternate Title(s) Facility Managers, Office Managers
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) States with the highest level of employment of office managers are California, Texas, New York, Florida, and Pennsylvania, but opportunities exist in all regions
Education and Training
  • Associate's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
Experience High school diploma required, but some office administrator positions require a bachelor's degree.
  • Business Management
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
Personality Traits
  • Enterprising
  • Organized
  • Realistic
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Vice President, Administrative Services
  • Mid-Level Adminstrative Services Manager
  • First-Line Administrative Services Manager
  • Administrative Assistant