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Office Technology

 

About the Office Technology Program

Be First in Line for a Career in Office Technology and Administration

Have you always enjoyed organizing information? Transfer your skills to a rewarding career in office technology and administration. In addition to data entry skills, you will learn current and leading-edge office software programs used in specialty areas such as the legal and medical professions. With courses in Office Technology, you will be equipped for clerical and administrative roles, you will learn how various departments operate within a firm to achieve common goals.

Your education and training in this essential field will teach you how to produce correspondence, handle records, schedule appointments and code important information. Our programs are designed to prepare you for positions including medical records and health information technicians, medical secretaries, correspondence clerk, file clerk, customer service representative, and more. Whether you are entering the workforce or updating your skills, jobs in office technology can place you in corporate, government, educational, legal and medical settings.

Find the path that fits your personal needs and professional goals:

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Science Degree - General Office

27 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - General Office

27 units

This program provides training in common skills used in the business office - keyboarding, computer applications, English, accounting, and business communications. General office workers obtain employment in many environments: corporate settings, government, schools, and hospitals. Related job titles include administrative assistant, executive assistant, executive secretary, office assistant, and secretary. After gaining some work experience or specialized skills, many workers transfer to jobs with higher pay or greater advancement potential.

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Associate in Science Degree - Legal Administrative Assistant

27 units + General Education Requirements

Certificate of Achievement - Legal Administrative Assistant

27 units

Legal administrative assistants perform the administrative tasks in a law office, such as answering the telephone, managing files, preparing law office correspondence and legal documents, and maintaining the calendar. Legal administrative assistants are in great demand. Qualified legal administrative assistants who have strong skills can find lucrative opportunities with law firms and corporate legal departments, government agencies, and a variety of business and industries -- such as banks, insurance companies, investment firms, and real estate companies.

The certificate program prepares students to pursue employment as a legal administrative assistant. Training is provided in legal terminology, law office procedures, legal research, computer technology, machine transcription document preparation, keyboarding, and written and verbal communications.

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Certificate of Achievement - Legal Office Clerk

12 units

This program prepares students for both entry-level positions with responsibilities such as producing correspondence, performing receptionist duties, answering telephones, filing and managing calendars. The certificate provides training in computer technology, legal office procedures, legal terminology, machine transcription, English skills, and keyboarding. With experience, legal office clerks may advance to administrative assistants and office managers.

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Department Certificate - Clerical/Data Entry

12 units

Organizations need to process a rapidly growing amount of information. Data entry workers help ensure the efficient handling of information processing. Duties include inputting data into computers and performing editing, proofreading, and clerical tasks. This certificate program provides training in the essential skills to carry out these tasks. Job opportunities exist in part-time, full-time, and work-at-home positions. Data entry workers are known by various job titles, such as data entry clerk, data entry operator, data entry specialist, and clerk. Data entry jobs frequently serve as stepping stones to higher paying positions with increased responsibilities.

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Other Office Technology Department Certificate Programs

  • Medical Administrative Assistant
  • Medical Coding and Billing Specialist
  • Medical Office Clerk
  • Electronic Medical Records Clerk
  • Hospital Inpatient Coder
  • Medical Billing/Coding
  • Medical Records Clerk/Receptionist
  • Medical Transcription

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Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Medical Records and Health Information Technicians High School Diploma or More $40,565
Medical Secretaries Some College $35,866
Data Entry Keyers High School Diploma or More $31,403
Counter and Rental Clerks High School Diploma or More $25,555
Statement Clerks High School Diploma or More $37,877
Correspondence Clerks High School Diploma or More $44,628
File Clerks High School Diploma or More $30,959
Order Clerks High School Diploma or More $32,072
Receptionists and Information Clerks High School Diploma or More $29,545
Secretaries and Administrative Assistants High School Diploma or More $39,817
Word Processors and Typists High School Diploma or More $46,806
Legal Secretaries High School Diploma or More $49,818