Business Information Technology

Business Information Technology

The Occupations

Administrative Professionals, Administrative Aides, and Administrative Specialists

Administrative Assistants and Senior Administrative Assistants

Executive Assistants and Senior Executive Assistants

Accounting Assistants, Accounting Specialists and Auditing Specialists

Specialized Administrative Professionals – Medical

Medical Records & Health Information Technicians

Office/Facilities Coordinators and Administrators

About the Occupations

Business information technology professionals are found in almost every organization. These administrative professionals are skilled at performing a variety of administrative duties that include basic clerical skills, project management skills, electronic record keeping skills, and computer and customer service skills. They are becoming members of the management team and assuming roles once reserved for managerial and professional staff members. Many opportunities await those professionals who master technology and use their interpersonal and communication skills effectively.

Executive assistants and senior administrative assistants provide high-level support by managing software training and orientation for new staff. Their role includes conducting online research, booking travel and securing needed information on the Internet, planning meetings, negotiating hotel contracts, scheduling, and preparing for cyber- and video-conferencing, using desktop publishing to produce brochures, fliers and annual reports. Those who broaden their knowledge of a company’s operations and enhance their skills are finding greater advancement potential.

Other business information employees perform highly specialized work, which utilizes specific knowledge of terminology and procedures. Medical administrative professionals schedule appointments, bill patients, compile and record medical charts and reports. Accounting assistants and auditing specialists work with spreadsheet software and compute, classify, and record numerical data to keep financial records complete.

Wireless tools will give employees greater flexibility to work outside the office and to perform their jobs from virtually anywhere. The rapid spread of new technology has increased the demand for business professionals who are adaptable and versatile to changes in the landscape of industry. As technology continues to advance, retraining and continuing education will be an essential part of jobs in business. 

Work Environment

Employers:

Business, industry, and government agencies

Colleges, universities, professional schools, and public schools

Hospitals, clinics, physician offices and billing service organizations

Insurance companies, home health care agencies, or in their homes as virtual assistants

Banks and insurance companies

Typical Schedule:

Work customarily during weekdays

35-40 hour work week

May telecommute or have a flexible working arrangement

Tools and Equipment:

Computers (hardware and software) Automated office equipment

Forms, budgets, reports, records, and schedules correspondence, invoices, catalogs, and brochures Web and virtual conferencing

Worker Portrait

Skills and Aptitudes:

  • Skilled in the latest office trends, culture, and technology
  • Highly productive and makes efficient use of technology
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Flexible, shows initiative and has the ability to work and make decisions independently
  • Displays professionalism, integrity, and honesty
  • Works well under pressure and consistently meets deadlines
  • Listens effectively and uses good judgment, discretion, and common sense
  • Thinks critically, uses sound reasoning, and makes ethical decisions
  • Strong interpersonal skill, a team player, respects diversity
  • Adapts to the changing workforce

Interests:

  • Likes to work with and meet people
  • Enjoys keeping things organized and running smoothly
  • Interested in new technology and a variety of work settings

Career Outlook

Outlook Occupation Avg. Salary
Good Executive Secretaries & Executive Administrative Assistants $51,270
Good Accounting Assistants & Auditing Specialists $27,554-52,000
Excellent Specialized Administrative Assistants – Medical $28,600-42,400
Excellent Medical Records & Health Information Technicians $35,900
Good Administrative Assistants, Secretaries $33,240
Excellent Receptionists, Information Clerks $26,760

Sources of occupational information include the Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition, Medical Records and Health Information Technicians, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-records-and-health-information-technicians.htm