A team administrator carries out clerical and administrative duties as part of a team for professionals within a company. Her role is to ensure the smooth running of the company by carrying out the day-to-day running of the office and other company departments. They may also be responsible for specific projects and they might find that their role overlaps that of a personal assistant from time to time.
The role of a team administrator involves word processing, replying to email inquiries and composing correspondence, answering the telephone, diary keeping, filing, arranging meetings and appointments, audio typing and arranging travel and accommodation for other staff members. Team administrators should have good typing skills and be organized, work well under pressure and possess the ability to multitask.
The qualification requirements for a team administrator will vary depending on the employer. Many will require a high school diploma, while more specialist roles such as those in the legal profession may require relevant college qualifications. Administrators can also opt to enroll in 1-2 year programs in office administration offered by business and technical schools across the U.S.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008 there were 4.3 million administrators in the U.S. This sector is expected to grow by around 11 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is as fast as the national average for all jobs. Administration jobs in health care, social assistance, construction, education and the law are expected to rise faster than other sectors, generating the majority of the new jobs.
Team administrators sit for long periods throughout the day, often in front of a computer. A typical working week lasts 40 hours, however, about a fifth of administrators work part-time hours. Due to the amount of time spent in front of the computer, administrators may suffer from eyestrain from time to time.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average salary for a team administrator in 2008 was $29,050 a year. The highest 10 percent earned more than $43,240, while the lowest earned less than $18,440. Sectors that paid the most in 2008 were local government, followed by universities and colleges, and then medical and surgical hospitals.