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.
- operates computer in performance of routine clerical
duties to maintain business records; combines this skill with
records management, sorting mail, answering the phone, and
- 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
- 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
- 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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- Pellissippi State Technical Community College
- P. O. Box 22990Knoxville, TN 37933-0990
- Phone 865-694-6400