Office Administration Careers

Office administrators, also called administrative services managers, are responsible for a wide range of organization-wide duties that help the organization run smoothly. They may oversee administrative and clerical staff and receptionists, payroll, travel planning, and data processing, materials scheduling and distribution, printing and reproduction, records management, telecommunications management, security, parking, energy consumption, and personal property procurement, supply, recycling, and disposal.

Employment Opportunities

Office administration professionals may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Insurance companies
  • Computer manufacturers
  • Government
  • Almost any medium to large corporate environment


Office administration professionals need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Leadership
  • Communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively with people from all areas of the organization
  • Attention to detail
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to work on deadline

Industry Spotlight

Administrative services managers held about 247,000 jobs in 2006. About 65 percent worked in service-providing industries, including Federal, State, and local government; health care; finance and insurance; professional, scientific, and technical services; administrative and support services; and educational services, public and private. Most of the remaining managers worked in wholesale and retail trade, in management of companies and enterprises, or in manufacturing.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008