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Every office needs administrators to keep the office going. They look after paperwork, track spending, schedule meetings, manage files and deal with all the other details required in an office.

In certain industries there are more requirements for administrators. Legal assistants will need a certain amount of legal knowledge and assistants in logistics or accountancy companies will need to be very good with numbers.

Progression generally moves along one of two routes. You can specialise in a specific area, such as accounts, or move into management roles, overseeing the proper functioning and staffing of an entire office.

Occupations in Administration
(sorted by Job Zone)

Filing / Records Clerk

Keeps records of material filed or removed using logbooks or computers and creates new records where necessary.

Bookkeeper / Financial Administrator

Handles the day to day financial transactions of a business or organisation.

Civil Service - Clerical Officer

Assists Senior Officers with clerical work in a government department.

Clerical Assistant

Clerical assistants are responsible for filing, dealing with correspondence, maintaining data using computer or manual systems, and other general office duties.

Office Clerk

Works in the administration office of a business performing day to day office duties.

Data Control Clerk

Data control clerks work in specialist organisations and large, centralised computer departments.

Data Entry Operator

Works with a keyboard to input text and numerical information into a computer.

Freight Forwarder/Shipping Agent

Ensures that cargo is moved quickly and efficiently between countries by organising the most efficient and cost effective transportation of goods.

Library/Information Assistant

Work within libraries under the supervision of the Librarian.

Office Administrator

Operates office equipment and uses computers for spreadsheet, word processing, database management. Answers telephones and gives information to callers, takes messages, or transfers calls to appropriate individuals.

Secretary / Administrative Assistant - EU

Provides autonomous support to one or several people or units within an EU institution

Train Station Assistant

Assists passengers and undertakes platform duties which may include validating tickets, answering enquiries, moving luggage and goods and cleaning.

Wages / Payroll Clerk

Wages clerks deal with wages and salaries for their organisation's employees.

Accounts Administrator

Responsible for the daily processing of invoices and other financial transactions.

Bank Official

Works behind the counter at a bank branch performing general banking duties. Sometimes referred to as a "Cashier".

Personal Assistant
Works closely with a senior member of staff by providing secretarial support and dealing with a range of administrative tasks.
Front Office Junior Manager
Supervise the work of office administration or customer service employees to ensure adherence to quality standards, deadlines and proper procedures.
Accounts Assistant

Ensures the smooth operation and control of the accounts, including expenses and general ledger systems.

Civil Service - Administrative Officer

Gathers and assesses information to help Government Ministers make policy decisions.

Database Administrator

Monitor, maintain and administer computer databases, ensuring that they are secure, the data can be retrieved, the database is user friendly and the data is consistent.