The Career Possibilities of the Administration Field


If you consider yourself to be like most people, then you realize that deciding on a career path is no easy walk in the park. It doesn’t really matter if you’re 22 or 67 years old, narrowing down on one path is difficult at any age.

young woman working in office

If you’re still lost today, we have a few questions that might be able to help you circle (or cross out) a particular field of work.

  1. Do you like working with and meeting new people?
  2. Do you consider yourself to be organized?
  3. Do you like taking on new challenges?
  4. Do you like having the flexibility to work in a variety of industries?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then a career in the administration field just might be the perfect fit for you!

At Sprott Shaw College, our Administration programs offer an array of diploma and certificate programs in the legal, medical, office/business, and veterinary industries that you can explore! Let’s take a deeper look at each.

Administrative Careers in the Legal Industry

As previously mentioned in one of our blogs, the legal industry is not as difficult (and time-consuming) to enter as many people believe. In fact, one of the easiest and fastest ways to work in the law industry is to pursue a career as a Paralegal or Legal Administrator. A career in one of these two roles will allow you to work in the law industry, become familiar with the legal landscape, and also take on some general responsibilities that lawyers may be tasked with – all without the 7-year time commitment.

At Sprott Shaw, some of the particular programs we offer in the legal industry include the Executive Legal Administrator with Practicum, Legal Administrator Accelerated Program, and Paralegal Program. All of these programs familiarize students with the processes and everyday workings of the law. Students will also be equipped with the knowledge and skills to use software platforms like MS Office, DivorceMate Inc., Sage 50 (Simply) Accounting, and more.

Administrative Careers in the Business and Office Industry

The fact of the matter is that today’s businesses (both small and large) are booming – especially in Vancouver. More and more large corporations are building their headquarters in Vancouver – take Salesforce, Samsung, Amazon, and soon-to-be, Apple, for example. The growth of these companies and offices signal a surge of career opportunities for those seeking administrative and office jobs across BC and in Vancouver. 

group of business people looking at plans together

Sprott Shaw offers a multitude of programs catered for those who are looking to work in the field like the Executive Office Administrator Accelerated Program, Executive Office Administrator Program, and the Executive Office Administrator Program with Practicum.

These programs train students to become familiar and well-versed with the universal platforms commonly used in today’s businesses.  Moreover, students will be trained in transferable skills and competencies that are relevant and pertinent to a variety of industries. Some of these competencies include digital marketing strategies, effective communication, human resources knowledge, and efficient travel and event planning methods.

Administrative Careers in the Medical Industry 

Much like the legal industry, the medical industry isn’t as challenging to enter as people think. And no, you don’t need to become a doctor to work in the field – instead, you can become a Medical Office Administrator, Health Unit Clerk, or even a Health Care Assistant!

Some of the programs offered at Sprott Shaw include the Executive Medical Office Administrator Program with Practicum, Medical Office Administrator Health Unit Clerk Program, and Medical Office Administrator Program. These programs prepare students to perform administrative duties in doctor’s offices, hospitals, medical clinics, and many other healthcare settings.

At the completion of the program, students will be greatly skilled in receptionist duties like managing and coordinating appointments, compiling patients’ charts, recording vital signs, ordering hospital supplies, greeting and checking in patients, and more. 

Administrative Careers in Veterinary Industry

If you like animals, this career is a chance to see and work with them every day on the job! (And who doesn’t want to see furry friends every day?)

Working an administrative role in an animal hospital or clinic allows you to care for some of your favourite friends – from dogs to cats to birds and more! Plus, more households are adopting domestic pets meaning that the demand for administrator roles in animal clinics will equally soar. Everyone wants to keep their furry (or maybe not so furry) friend healthy!

family registering their dog at a veterinary clinic/hospital

The Veterinary Assistant Program qualifies students to administer an extensive range of animal care services for both the office and clinical settings of veterinary hospitals. Some of the topics emphasized in this program include animal restraint, nutrition, pharmacology, clinical nursing, human relations, administration, surgical procedures, and disease and prevention. This particular program includes a practicum opportunity where students can experience hands-on training within veterinary hospitals even before graduation!

Interested in one or more of these programs? Learn more here or contact an advisor below!

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