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Job Opportunities for OST Graduates

NOTE: For links to career planning tools, national job listings, and pointers to polish your interview skills, see links at the bottom of this page.

Historically, there has been a greater demand for graduates of the OST program of PSTCC than the program can fill. Placement rates for OST graduates have never fallen below 90 percent; in some years, 100 percent of our graduates are placed in jobs related to their majors.

Area business and industry recognizes the exceptional training received here by hiring graduates from the program as soon as they finish. Validation of students' skills with the Office Proficiency and Assessment Certification (OPAC) sponsored by International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) is assurance to industry that the students they are hiring have skills validated with a nationally normed examination.

Certificate programs are available in OST which provide an opportunity for students to take a few specialized courses to become proficient in one area such as medical transcription, personal computer use, legal transcription, etc. These certificates and the requirements may be viewed on our Certificates page.

Typical Job Opportunities for OST Graduates

Administrative Assistant
directs the work in an office with some level of decision-making authority, composes and produces routine correspondence, uses computer applications for office tasks, manages records, answers the phone, handles visitors.
Clerk/Receptionist
operates computer in performance of routine clerical duties to maintain business records; combines this skill with records management, sorting mail, answering the phone, and greeting visitors.
Computer Applications Specialist
operates computers and peripheral equipment; uses software to record, edit, and sort and revise business ` correspondence, reports, tables, forms, and other data.
Desktop Publishing Specialist
makes use of basic skills of layout and design using computer software to produce professional, well-designed documents.
Health Care Office Administrator
supervises and coordinates activities of medical clerical staff and has a global view of the health care industry in order to assign duties and direct workers.
Medical Transcriptionist
transcribes medical records; provides foundation background for coding medical and insurance forms; performs resource analysis in medical research and chart analysis and records auditing for pharmaceutical and surgical supply company representatives, insurance adjusters, court reporters, and other professionals requiring knowledge of medical terminology.
Office Manager
supervises and coordinates activities of clerical staff; assigns duties; directs workers.
Word/Information Processing Specialist
uses computers and software to compile, type, revise, combine, edit, print and sort business documents.
Word/Information Processing Supervisor
supervises and coordinates activities of workers who operate computers and software to prepare correspondence and reports.

World Wide Web Links to Employment Information

America's Job Bank (http://www.ajb.dni.us)
Listings for more than 100,000 professional, technical, management, clerical, and blue collar jobs.
Career Magazine (http://www.careermag.com)
Huge database of available jobs, which can be searched by job title, region, or specific skills. Also has employer profiles, news and articles, a career forum, a resume bank, and a huge selection of related links.
Career Path (http://www.careerpath.com)
A service providing classified ads from the current week and the most recent Sunday papers in six major cities.
Career Mosaic (http:www.careermosaic.com)
An impressive employment resource for recent college grads and career changers. Allows user to fill out an online form and search job listings by title or browse through a long list of companies. Job fair locations and dates are updated regularly.
CareerWEB (http://www.cweb.com)
A library of resources regarding career choices, self-image, resumes, and interviews. Users can search for available jobs by location and type.
College Grad Job Hunter (http://www.collegegrad.com/)
Users can browse job listings and find out how to optimize their job searches. Learn interviewing techniques and get tips on writing resumes and cover letters. Job seekers can access many job listing sites and can post their resumes at a wide variety of online resume sites.
Recruiters Online Network(http://www.recruitersonline.com)
One of the world's largest online associations of recruiters, employment agencies, search firms, and employment professionals. People seeking employment opportunities will find excellent resources in the Career Center and the employment listings. Firms that desire to post current openings will gain national coverage and online capability to respond to current postings and applications.
Monster Board (http://www.monster.com)
This is an online meeting place for job-seekers and employers. Users can conduct a career search by choosing a field or a specific job. Job openings are posted by many employers and include company profiles. Resumes may be posted online.
Welcome to Jobtrak (http://www.jobtrak.com)
A job listing service that reviews company profiles and accesses job listings provided by this Web site's job listing service. Also offered here is an online Guide to Graduate School. A section on Job Search Tips provides a number of handy resources, including a Job Search Manual, a Relocation Salary Calculator, and career planning tools.


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Office Systems Technology
Pellissippi State Technical Community College
P. O. Box 22990Knoxville, TN 37933-0990
Phone 865-694-6400