Office Professional program graduates are prepared to work in any office which needs professional office support to manage office daily activities whether large or small. With more than 11 majors, students can choose to specialize in a specific field. Students will be highly trained to work in a variety of offices performing administrative support responsibilities. They will complete coursework in Microsoft Office software, notetaking, field specific terminology and software, desktop publishing, web design, document formatting and accounting. Students will also develop interpersonal and communication skills.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov), the national job outlook for this field is expected to grow by 12 to 29 percent, depending upon the specific field, through 2022. Our graduates are employed throughout our region in health care facilities such as hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices including veterinarians, chiropractors, dentists and optometrists. In addition, many of our graduates find jobs in insurance, legal, agricultural, manufacturing, education, finance, and real estate offices.
The Office Professional program is available as a two-year associate in applied science degree or as a one-year certificate program with concentrations in various fields. Students in the degree programs complete internships to gain real life work experience. Additionally, medical coding majors take a certification preparation class.
Office Professional students also have the opportunity to gain Microsoft Office Specialist certification as the Lake Land College Business Division is a certified testing center for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification exams. The MOS certification tests students’ skills in Microsoft Office programs—Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook. Microsoft Office Specialist certification provides students with an advantage in their educational and workforce pursuits by providing a competitive advantage and credential. Gainful Employment information about each of the certificate programs is available in the program model links below.