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Career Highlight – Office and Administrative Support Occupations

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the largest occupational group is Office and Administrative Support, with a projected 2.3 million new jobs added from 2010 to 2020 – a growth rate of 10 percent. Unfortunately, most of this job growth represents a recovery of the 1.7 million jobs lost during the recession. If you are interested in Office and Administrative Support, be sure to check employment outlook for the specific occupations that you’re considering, as growth varies widely. This occupational group offers some good opportunities for high school grads who are looking for that first job.

The table below reflects a sampling of occupations that are projected to grow as fast as, or faster than average over 2010-2020.

Occupation

U S Employment 2010

Growth-Numeric

Growth-Percent

Annual Median Wage

Education

Bill & Account Collector           401,700     57,200

14%

$31,310

HS Diploma

Bookkeeping & Accounting Clerk        1,898,300    259,000

14%

$34,030

 HS Diploma
Customer Service Rep.       2,187,300   338,400

15%

$30,460

HS Diploma

Financial Clerk       1,395,500   152,600

11%

$33,710

HS Diploma

General Office Clerk       2,950,700   489,500

17%

$26,610

HS Diploma

Receptionist       1,048,500   248,500

24%

$25,240

HS Diploma

Secretary/Admin Asst.       4,010,200   492,900

12%

$34,660

HS Diploma

Refer to UtahFutures.org for checking the employment outlook for a specific occupation.

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