Administrative Support Specialists

Military Career

General Information

Description

Administrative support specialists are responsible for a variety of duties in the office. They make sure that information is recorded, stored, and delivered in order to keep operations running as smoothly as possible. They supervise or perform administrative, clerical, and typing duties. They may also be in charge of scheduling meetings, making travel arrangements, and organizing any other work-related events.

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Work Environment

Administrative support specialists work in office settings, both on land and aboard ships.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Comparable Industries

  • Elementary and Secondary Schools
  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
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Military Outlook

Service Branches

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  • Army
  • Marine Corps
  • Navy
  • Air Force
  • Coast Guard

Military Status

  • Enlisted
    • Hands-on/specialized
    • High school diploma required
  • Officer
    • Managerial/professional
    • College degree required

Military Workforce

Administrative Support Specialists in the Military

37,470

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Salary

Average Salary

$63,979

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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 38%
  • Associate's degree 36%
  • Some college 13%
  • Less than high school 4%
  • Bachelor's degree 3%
  • Post-secondary certificate 3%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

Military training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Administrative support specialists in the Military will gain skills through classes and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training topics relate to office administration, and may include: English grammar, spelling, and punctuationLetter writing policies and guidelinesSetting up and maintaining filing and publication systemsPreparing forms and correspondence in military styleMaintaining databasesPersonnel administration policies and procedures

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Computers and Electronics
  • English Language
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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