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Microsoft Office Specialist
Certificate
Curriculum code 1456

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This program is appropriate for any individual who wishes to become proficient in computer applications to further advance his or her current position or to open doors to new opportunities in the workplace. This certificate may be applied to the Administrative Assistant certificate, the PC Help Desk Specialist certificate, and the A.A.S. degree in Office Systems and Applications. Students pursuing certificates and degrees in business should consider this certificate as well. Courses in this certificate prepare students for Microsoft Certified Application Specialist certification. For more information, visit www.morainevalley.edu/ims/mos.htm.

Program prerequisitesKeyboarding skill of 26 net words per minute. Students who need to reach this skill level should enroll in OSA-100, Keyboarding I. Students with little or no knowledge of microcomputers should also enroll in IMS-100, Personal Computer Basics.

Nature of WorkMicrosoft Office specialists are prepared for a variety of entry-level positions working with PC applications. Microsoft Office specialists develop computer applications skills to advance their current positions or to open doors to new opportunities in the workplace. Courses in this certificate prepare students for Microsoft Certified  Application Specialist certification. For more information,
visit www.morainevalley.edu/ims/mos.htm.

Related Job TitleOffice assistant software support.

Employment OutlookOverall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is expected to grow more slowly than average for all occupations. In addition to those resulting from growth, numerous job openings will result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave this very large occupation for other reasons each year. Opportunities should be best for applicants with extensive knowledge of software applications, particularly experienced secretaries and administrative assistants. Projected employment of secretaries and administrative assistants varies by occupational specialty. Employment growth in the health care and social assistance and legal services industries should lead to average growth for medical and legal secretaries. Employment of executive secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to grow average for all occupations. Growing industriessuch as administrative and support services, health care and social assistance, educational services (private), and professional, scientific, and technical services will continue to generate most new job opportunities. A decline in employment is expected for secretaries, except legal, medical, or executive; they account for about 47 percent of all secretaries and administrative assistants.

EarningsThe U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports median annual earnings of executive secretaries and administrative assistants were $40,030 in May 2008. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,410 and $50,280. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,030, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $62,070. Salaries vary a great deal, however, reflecting differences in skill, experience, and level of responsibility. Certification in this field usually is rewarded by a higher salary. Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2010-2011

For job and internship listings and job search assistance, contact the Job Resource Center, Student Services Center, S202, at (708) 974-5737. www.morainevalley.edu/jrc.

 
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