Administrative Assistant (BUS E)

Administrative Assistants work in a wide variety of office settings. The training program at Green River offers extensive, hands-on computer education, up-to-date office procedures, and possible credit for prior experience.

In today's office, the primary duties of an administrative assistant are to collect, process, and disseminate information. Through Green River College's Administrative Assistant program, you can earn an Associate in Applied Arts degree or a certificate.

Areas of employment

Administrative Assistant graduates can seek employment in the following areas:

    airlines attorneys banks computer firms doctors' offices insurance offices marketing companies schools secretarial services

Graduates are prepared to work in a wide variety of occupations, such as:

    data entry clerk administrative assistant freelance typist receptionist records management positions technical administrative assistant word processor

When can new students enroll?

You may enroll in the Administrative Assistant program at the beginning of any quarter. The program hours are flexible with day, evening and some on-line classes.


Complete an application to Green River College, complete the COMPASS assessment, and meet with an advisor.

We highly recommend that a student have a GED or a high school diploma before entering the program. Communication (written and verbal) and organizational skills are vital.

How long does the program take?

It depends on you. If you attend full time, the Associate in Applied Arts degree requirements may be completed in six quarters and the certificate requirements may be completed in four. If you attend part time, completion will depend on how many credits you earn each quarter.

Does the program transfer to four-year schools?

Courses in this program are primarily professional/technical. All transferability of to four-year institutions is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Students should contact an advisor at the college to which they intend to transfer.

Employment outlook/ Salary Range

The Career Development and Employment Services Center will assist you in your job search.

The current starting salary range for an Administrative Assistant graduate may be found at