A college assistant is typically a person who is employed by an institution of higher learning and is responsible for various administrative and clerical work. These individuals assist the academic and administrative departments of a college and are responsible for answering phones and inquiries, maintaining records, ordering office supplies, managing inventory, and sorting through mail and correspondence.
Other roles involve assisting upper management and teachers with various instructional programs, processing expenses, running purchasing reports, as well as advertising school events through social media.
Depending upon the department, a college assistant may also issue ID cards to students and staff, handle transactions and cash, perform data entry tasks, answer student and faculty questions, and maintain student rosters. These individuals perform clerical duties for the departments in which they work and should be adept at multitasking and possess excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills.
They should also have a working knowledge of computers, printers, phones and other related technologies. A college assistant usually works in an office environment during normal college hours.
Although some assistants possess a bachelor's degree in a related educational field, an advanced degree is not necessarily a requirement provided the individual has comparable knowledge and experience. Most college assistants can make up to $34,000 per year in the US, but the career field is expected to decline 7% by 2028.