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Overview

Find Out If A Career In Administration Is Your Kind Of Career

Some of the necessary skills that you’ll need to develop if you are to embark on an Administration career are; a professional and courteous telephone and email manner, organisation skills and basic computer skills.  The ability to make a good mug of coffee will go down well too!

 Administration involves all of the tasks that are required to keep a business operating. 

The types of tasks that you’ll be engaging in (aside from those mentioned above) might be data inputting, handling mail, filing and faxing, talking to customers or suppliers, creating spreadsheets, presentations and reports, typing and handling enquiries.

Other types of tasks that might fall into a different category can sometimes land on the desk of an Administrator, such as reception work, making travel arrangements, diary management, helping with product descriptions, uploading information to the internet, or even social media tasks. 

The scope of the role often depends on the company you work for.  And the beauty of a career in Administration is that if you want to learn more or develop new skills within your role, most companies will support you with that - especially if you have already gained a good reputation within your existing position with them.

Job Opportunities

Before you spend your time and energy investing in learning and developing your career in Administration, here are some facts taken from Payscale that will help you see why a career in Administration is a smart choice. 

  • The average salary for an Administrator is at entry level AUS $43,000 per annum rising to AUS $50,000 per annum for highly experienced administrators (depending upon location).
  • The pay for Administrators has been steadily rising for the past four years.
  • There are a variety of additional skills you could specialise in that will enhance your pay and prospects such as Event Planning, Human Resources, Database Administration, Accounts Payable and Payroll Administration.
  • Most Administrators claim to be highly satisfied with their career choice.
  • Typical career paths for an Administration Assistant is Office Manager, Executive Assistant, Operations Manager, Bookkeeper, Business Analyst, Practice Manager.

Types of Courses

The types of courses you can take to kick off your career in Administration range from short introductory courses - to give you a taster and some of the basic skills necessary for the role.  Right up to in-depth and advanced courses.  To be an Administrator, you don’t have to have a specified qualification to get started, although a short course at least, is an excellent way to see if you will enjoy the tasks involved. 

If you are serious about a career in Administration, working through some of the more advanced courses over time will put you ahead of your competition and in the right place for exciting career advancements in the future.

Short Courses:

Some short courses for Administrators, while not essential for the role are more than just an introductory and extremely useful in your everyday career.  For example;  A Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel Advanced Certificate will be very desirable and highly useful.  Other courses will give you a whistle-stop tour of your chosen career so that you can start your new career with a good understanding of what is required.  Or they might specialise in a particular type of administrative work such as a Medical Reception Certificate.

Certificate III Courses:

These courses are designed to give you the real skills that you will need to be proficient in your role as an Administrator.  They can be general or can specialise, for example, A Certificate In Business Administration (Legal) which will help you find work as a Legal Administrator.

Certificate IV Courses:

Level IV courses are where you will learn advanced skills such as leadership and management skills.  You’ll learn about systems and processes and how to implement them.  Topics such as problem-solving skills and developing environmentally sustainable practices will all be available in this type of course.

Career Outcomes

A career in Administration can involve a vast variety of office-based tasks. Many of which will be unique to the company or field you are working within, and all of them will support you in specialising and retaining a strong position throughout your career.  Here are some examples of jobs you can expect to find:

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Senior Clerk
  • Medical Records Section Leader
  • Ward Clerk
  • Medical Receptionist
  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Admissions Clerk
  • Legal Receptionist
  • Information Desk Clerk
  • Receptionist
  • Clerical Worker
  • Legal Administrator
  • Junior Legal Secretary
  • Payroll Officer
  • Office Administrator
  • Secretary
  • Personal Assistant
  • Data Entry Operator
  • view all

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