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Working As A Student Office Assistant

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Getting Information
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $29,580

    Average Salary

What Does A Student Office Assistant Do

General office clerks perform a variety of clerical tasks, including answering telephones, typing documents, and filing records.

Duties

General office clerks typically do the following:

  • Answer and transfer telephone calls or take messages
  • Sort and deliver incoming mail and send outgoing mail
  • Schedule appointments and receive customers or visitors
  • Provide general information to staff, clients, or the public
  • Type, format, or edit routine memos or other reports
  • Copy, file, and update paper and electronic documents
  • Prepare and process bills and other office documents
  • Collect information and perform data entry

Rather than performing a single specialized task, general office clerks have responsibilities that often change daily with the current needs of the employer.

Some clerks file documents or answer phones; others enter data into computers or perform other tasks using software applications. They also frequently use photocopiers, scanners, fax machines, and other office equipment.

The specific duties assigned to clerks will depend on the type of office in which they work. For example, a general office clerk at a college or university processes application materials and answers questions from prospective students. A clerk at a hospital files and retrieves medical records.

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How To Become A Student Office Assistant

General office clerks typically need a high school diploma or equivalent and learn their skills on the job.

Education

General office clerks usually need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Courses in using computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet software, may be particularly helpful.

Training

General office clerks usually learn their skills while on the job. Their training typically lasts up to 1 month and may include instructions on office procedures, proper phone etiquette, and the use of office equipment.

Advancement

General office clerks may advance to other administrative positions with more responsibility, such as executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants.

Advancement opportunities often depend on work experience and the knowledge of computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet software.

Important Qualities

Customer-service skills. Clerks often provide general information to company staff, customers, or the public. They should be courteous and prompt with their responses.

Detail oriented. Clerks perform many clerical tasks, such as preparing bills that require attention to detail.

Organizational skills. Office clerks file and retrieve records. They need to keep records organized to be able to access them quickly and efficiently.

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Average Length of Employment
Office Technician 3.0 years
Office Specialist 2.8 years
Office Associate 2.7 years
Office Secretary 2.5 years
Office Assistance 2.4 years
Office Clerk 2.2 years
Office Worker 2.1 years
Student Officer 2.0 years
Office Helper 2.0 years
Office Employee 2.0 years
Office Assistant 2.0 years
Student Assistant 1.6 years
Student Worker 1.6 years
Student Employee 1.6 years
Office Aide 1.6 years
Office Volunteer 1.4 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 16.6%
Cashier 9.0%
Volunteer 7.5%
Server 3.0%
President 2.6%
Top Employers After
Internship 15.1%
Cashier 6.7%
Volunteer 5.1%
Teacher 3.1%
Server 2.6%

Student Office Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

73.1%

Male

23.6%

Unknown

3.2%
Ethnicity

White

76.1%

Hispanic or Latino

11.3%

Asian

9.6%

Unknown

2.0%

Black or African American

0.9%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

46.6%

French

11.6%

German

6.1%

Mandarin

5.0%

Chinese

4.8%

Arabic

4.2%

Japanese

3.4%

Italian

2.6%

Hindi

1.6%

Hmong

1.6%

Russian

1.6%

Cantonese

1.6%

Korean

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Portuguese

1.3%

Swahili

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.1%

Turkish

1.1%

Filipino

1.1%

Urdu

1.1%
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Student Office Assistant Education

Schools

Youngstown State University

8.9%

Iowa State University

8.1%

Kansas State University

7.9%

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

7.0%

Arizona State University

5.4%

University of Kansas

5.4%

Indiana State University

5.4%

University of Alabama

5.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.3%

Temple University

4.3%

Wright State University

4.3%

Liberty University

4.1%

Grand Valley State University

3.8%

Cleveland State University

3.8%

Ohio State University

3.5%

Eastern Kentucky University

3.5%

Northern Michigan University

3.5%

Towson University

3.5%

University of Chicago

3.5%
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Majors

Business

16.9%

Psychology

12.4%

Communication

7.7%

Biology

6.1%

Criminal Justice

5.8%

English

5.7%

Political Science

4.7%

Marketing

4.2%

Accounting

4.2%

Sociology

4.2%

Social Work

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.1%

Nursing

3.0%

Public Relations

3.0%

Kinesiology

2.9%

Education

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.5%

Human Development

2.5%

Management

2.3%

History

2.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

59.9%

Masters

16.1%

Other

14.1%

Associate

6.1%

Certificate

1.8%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

0.3%

License

0.1%
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Top Skills for A Student Office Assistant

PhoneCallsDataEntryDatabaseManagementCustomerServiceSkillsFinancialAidFrontDeskMassMailingsPowerpointStudentRecordsAlumniOfficeTasksOfficeSuppliesOfficeEquipmentSchedulingAppointmentsStudentFilesStudentInformationTelephoneCallsSpecialProjectsStaffMembersOfficeStaff

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Top Student Office Assistant Skills

  1. Phone Calls
  2. Data Entry
  3. Database Management
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Respond to incoming telephone calls, drafted email correspondence as it related to meetings, event approvals and scheduled events.
  • Performed clerical duties that include data entry tasks that require attention to detail.
  • Use computers for various applications, such as database management or word processing.
  • Demonstrated strong interposal and customer service skills.
  • Analyzed reports in several other Financial Aid departments including the Scholarship Office, Student Employment, and the Grant Office.

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