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Career & salary outlook

Office administrators perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties that are necessary to run an organization efficiently. Duties may include:

  • Answer telephones and take messages or transfer calls
  • Schedule appointments and update event calendars
  • Arrange staff meetings
  • Handle incoming and outgoing mail and faxes
  • Draft routine memos, billing or other reports
  • Edit company correspondence and ensure document accuracy
  • Maintain databases and filing systems, whether electronic or paper
  • Perform basic bookkeeping

With advanced experience and/or training, they may negotiate with vendors, buy supplies, manage stockrooms, and/or supervise other office employees.

Demand for administrative assistants is strong in Whatcom county; starting wages may range between $13.57 and $15.83 per hour, with wages averaging at $19.58 per hour. A first-line supervisor of office and administrative support workers may start at $18.33 per hour; the average wage is $28.41 per hour.

Sources: CareerOneStop, 2018; WA State Employment Security Department, August 2019

Local employers of recent program graduates include:

  • Barleans
  • Brigid Collins Family Support Center
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Lynden Door Inc.