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Administrative Officers

What they do?

Administrative officers perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Oversee and co-ordinate office administrative procedures and review, evaluate and implement new procedures

B. Establish work priorities, delegate work to office support staff, and ensure deadlines are met and procedures are followed

C. Carry out administrative activities associated with admissions to post-secondary educational institutions

D. Administer policies and procedures related to the release of records in processing requests under government access to information and privacy legislation

E. Co-ordinate and plan for office services, such as accommodation, relocations, equipment, supplies, forms, disposal of assets, parking, maintenance and security services

F. Assist in preparation of operating budget and maintain inventory and budgetary controls

G. Assemble data and prepare periodic and special reports, manuals and correspondence.

Where they find work?

1. Health care and social assistance - 12.0%
2. Public administration - 11.0%
3. Wholesale trade - 7.0%
4. Finance and insurance - 7.0%
5. Construction - 6.0%
6. Other services (except public administration) - 6.0%
7. Retail trade - 6.0%

What education do I need?

1. You must have a high school diploma and usually a community college diploma or university degree in business or public administration.

2. You usually need experience in a senior clerical or executive secretarial position related to office administration.

3. With experience, you may move up the ranks to become a manager in administrative services.

4. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 3 in 10 have a undergraduate university degree.

High School Subject that will help:

1. Computer-related courses
2. English (Communication)

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Administrative Officers is $18.14/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Administrative Officers wages

Expected Wage by Age

Administrative Officers Wage By Age


3% of Administrative Officers are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Administrative Officers Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Administrative Officers Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Administrative Officers is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an above-average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($18.14) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is close to the average.

4. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average and the use of new technologies requiring administrative expertise should create few job openings.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Administrative Officers are found in Alberta and Ontario while the lowest concentrations are in Saskatchewan and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (17%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Computer literacy

3. Team work

Part Time Workers

Administrative Officers Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

12% of Administrative Officers are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 152,600 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, a decrease of 6% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Administrative Officers Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be above average because of a tendency to retire at an earlier-than-average age (60).

Self Employed

Administrative Officers Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 6% of Administrative Officers are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Administrative Officers Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

91% of the individuals employed as Administrative Officers are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.