Business operations and office support positions are among the fastest-growing career
areas in the current economy. From administrative assistants to specialists in business
presentations, data analysis and document publishing, many of today's most promising
career areas involve expertise in Microsoft Office products.
Among the Office and Administrative Support Occupations listed by the US Bureau of
Labor Statistics (BLS), those that require MOS skills offer the highest levels of
pay and future opportunities. For example, desktop publishers earn on average $45,390
per year. Computer support specialists earn an average of $54,760 per year in a category
that is growing faster than the average for all jobs.
According to PayScale.com, holders of the MOS certification earn an average of $54,000
per year. With skills in a specific domain such as legal or financial, the pay can
increase to $67,000 or higher.
WHAT DIFFERENTIATES A MICROSOFT OFFICE SPECIALIST (MOS) FROM OTHER OFFICE USERS?
The process and knowledge involved with the MOS certification provide advanced knowledge
in the operations and functions of the Office Suite products. MOS certificate holders
are expected to understand and operate Microsoft Office products at a level of detail
that exceeds that of an uncertified peer.
IS MOS CERTIFICATION WORTH IT?
Studies indicate that MOS certification can lead to productivity enhancements for
employees, contractors, and freelance experts. Higher levels of productivity are highly
correlated to confidence and job satisfaction. Research suggests that MOS certification
can lead to salary levels up to $16,000 higher than uncertified peers.
DO ANY JOBS REQUIRE MOS CERTIFICATION?
Many jobs require certification in one or all of the Microsoft Office products. MOS
certification may lead directly to job opportunities in training or computer support,
for example. Design or data-related positions may require certification in PowerPoint
HOW MANY EXAMS ARE REQUIRED FOR THE MOS CERTIFICATION?
MOS certification involves the following exams: MO-100 (Word), MO-200 (Excel), MO-300
(PowerPoint), MO-400 (Outlook), and MO-500 (Access)
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Learn about best communication practices, expectations and how to make yourself a
viable asset to any team.
Understand how to work within Microsoft Excel. Enter data and create worksheets, cover
advanced topics like using formulas, visualizing data, and how to collaborate with
other Excel users.
Create and edit Word documents. Learn to use tables, images, illustrations, and change
page layout. Additionally, you'll cover how to review and collaborate on documents,
manage mailings, and protect documents.
Develop PowerPoint presentations from start to finish. Understand how to format your
presentations, and include advanced elements like effects, illustrations, and tables.
Master Microsoft Outlook by learning to work with messages, organize contacts, manage
an inbox, and work across multiple email accounts.
Complete the course by developing an understanding of Access. Receive an overview
of the user interface before moving on to covering tables, queries, forms, reports,
Tracy Berry has been a senior graphic designer/programmer, instructor, and consultant
since 1993 and has developed hundreds of logos, marketing materials, websites, and
multimedia solutions for customers worldwide. She was also involved in several large
corporate software rollouts. She has helped many organizations optimize and streamline
data solutions. She teaches both onsite and online courses and has her CTT (Certified
Technical Trainer) certification. Tracy specializes in teaching graphics, desktop
publishing, web design, and reporting/productivity applications.
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