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OFFICE MANAGER: This Is Just One Stop On My Career Path

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Kevin shares his story about working as an office manager in an alternative health clinic. He says this job allows him to use his skills and acquire new ones. Kevin also shares his career path, which started with a degree in chemistry, and his plans for the future. Kevin advises people thinking of getting into health care to look at alternative forms of medicine because they're becoming more mainstream, with greater opportunities.

Degree: Chemistry
Job Title: Office Manager

Job Summary: Administrative Services Managers

Job Description

Administrative services managers plan, direct, and coordinate supportive services of an organization. Their specific responsibilities vary by the type of organization and may include keeping records, distributing mail, and planning and maintaining facilities.

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Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$40,000 - $135,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
10 to 20 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, Leadership ability, Verbal communication skills, Written communication skills

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m='9620'>like</span> <span m='9850'>about</span> <span m='10050'>the</span> <span m='10120'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='10530'>So I</span> <span m='10560'>like</span> <span m='10770'>having</span> <span m='10990'>my</span> <span m='11100'>fingers</span> <span m='11530'>on</span> <span m='11610'>a</span> <span m='11660'>lot</span> <span m='11840'>of</span> <span m='11990'>different</span> <span m='12970'>things,</span> <span m='13350'>like</span> <span m='13470'>a lot of</span> <span m='13620'>different</span> <span m='13920'>situations.</span> <span m='15320'>And</span> <span m='15980'>it's</span> <span m='16270'>a</span> <span m='16309'>good</span> <span m='16790'>use</span> <span m='17570'>of</span> <span m='18080'>skills</span> <span m='18420'>I</span> <span m='18540'>already</span> <span m='18750'>have</span> <span m='19260'>and</span> <span m='19410'>talents I already</span> <span m='19710'>have.</span> <span m='21100'>And</span> <span m='21450'>it's</span> <span m='22040'>cool,</span> <span m='22300'>because</span> <span m='22620'>it</span> <span m='22760'>makes</span> <span m='23080'>me</span> <span m='24590'>acquire</span> <span m='25010'>new</span> <span m='25190'>talents</span> <span m='25640'>and</span> <span m='25750'>learn</span> <span m='25930'>new</span> <span m='26080'>things.</span> <span m='26710'>There's</span> <span m='26780'>a</span> <span m='26840'>lot</span> <span m='27080'>of</span> <span m='27830'>things</span> <span m='28050'>that</span> <span m='28120'>we're</span> <span m='28280'>doing</span> <span m='28780'>where</span> <span m='28970'>it's</span> <span m='29160'>like,</span> <span m='29410'>oh</span> <span m='29930'>my</span> <span m='30150'>God,</span> <span m='30350'>I have</span> <span m='30570'>no idea</span> <span m='30970'>how to</span> <span m='31120'>do</span> <span m='31260'>that.</span> <span m='31640'>Let's</span> <span m='31880'>figure</span> <span m='32270'>out how</span> <span m='32420'>to</span> <span m='32600'>do it, and we'll</span> <span m='33020'>do</span> <span m='33200'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='33540'>So</span> <span m='33670'>it's</span> <span m='33820'>a</span> <span m='33870'>lot</span> <span m='34070'>of</span> <span m='35940'>managing</span> <span m='36420'>people,</span> <span m='36840'>and</span> <span m='36970'>time,</span> <span m='37410'>and</span> <span m='37560'>stuff</span> <span m='37820'>like</span> <span m='37970'>that,</span> <span m='38150'>but</span> <span m='38240'>also</span> <span m='38560'>a</span> <span m='38640'>lot</span> <span m='38850'>of</span> <span m='40520'>researching</span> <span m='41040'>how</span> <span m='41180'>to</span> <span m='41280'>do</span> <span m='41420'>things,</span> <span m='41750'>like</span> <span m='41840'>how</span> <span m='42020'>to</span> <span m='42120'>run</span> <span m='42260'>a</span> <span m='42350'>crowdfunding</span> <span m='42950'>campaign,</span> <span m='43882'>like</span> <span m='44348'>how to</span> <span m='44814'>run</span> <span m='45750'>a</span> <span m='45850'>massage</span> <span m='46145'>clinic,</span> <span m='46900'>and</span> <span m='47360'>things</span> <span m='47590'>like</span> <span m='47740'>that</span> <span m='48000'>that</span> <span m='48470'>I</span> <span m='48570'>don't</span> <span m='48640'>really</span> <span m='48810'>know</span> <span m='48910'>how</span> <span m='48960'>to</span> <span m='49060'>do.</span> <span m='49310'>But</span> <span m='49430'>I can</span> <span m='49640'>look</span> <span m='49890'>into</span> <span m='50100'>it</span> <span m='50180'>a</span> <span m='50230'>little</span> <span m='50440'>bit</span> <span m='50695'>and</span> <span m='50950'>figure</span> <span m='51170'>it out.</span> </p><p><span m='51440'>This</span> <span m='51780'>is</span> <span m='51870'>just</span> <span m='52080'>one</span> <span m='52270'>stop</span> <span m='52720'>for</span> <span m='52860'>me</span> <span m='53090'>on</span> <span m='53210'>my</span> <span m='53340'>career</span> <span m='53690'>path.</span> <span m='54220'>But</span> <span m='55740'>I have a</span> <span m='56040'>degree</span> <span m='56310'>in</span> <span m='56430'>chemistry</span> <span m='57915'>from</span> <span m='58330'>Berkeley</span> <span m='58790'>here.</span> <span m='59190'>And</span> <span m='59570'>then</span> <span m='59770'>in</span> <span m='59840'>the</span> <span m='59920'>process</span> <span m='60310'>of</span> <span m='60390'>doing</span> <span m='60590'>that,</span> <span m='60750'>I realized</span> <span m='61195'>that I</span> <span m='61640'>didn't want to</span> <span m='61760'>work</span> <span m='61980'>in</span> <span m='62040'>a</span> <span m='62110'>lab</span> <span m='62420'>and be a</span> <span m='62700'>chemist.</span> <span m='64190'>So</span> <span m='64410'>what</span> <span m='64620'>I've</span> <span m='64819'>done</span> <span m='65090'>in</span> <span m='65230'>the</span> <span m='65340'>10</span> <span m='65580'>years</span> <span m='65860'>or</span> <span m='65960'>so</span> <span m='66160'>since</span> <span m='66460'>graduating</span> <span m='67720'>is</span> <span m='67940'>work</span> <span m='68240'>a</span> <span m='68290'>series</span> <span m='68670'>of</span> <span m='68770'>jobs</span> <span m='69170'>in</span> <span m='69280'>the</span> <span m='69350'>health-care</span> <span m='69990'>field,</span> <span m='70320'>mostly in</span> <span m='70690'>health-care</span> <span m='71160'>management</span> <span m='71760'>and</span> <span m='71890'>administration.</span> </p><p><span m='73480'>And</span> <span m='73950'>my</span> <span m='74050'>career</span> <span m='74375'>is</span> <span m='74700'>going</span> <span m='74970'>in the</span> <span m='75060'>direction</span> <span m='75620'>of</span> <span m='78550'>I'm</span> <span m='78690'>probably</span> <span m='79200'>going</span> <span m='79340'>to</span> <span m='79410'>go</span> <span m='79520'>back</span> <span m='79720'>to</span> <span m='79810'>school</span> <span m='80160'>and</span> <span m='80250'>get</span> <span m='80370'>a</span> <span m='80440'>clinical</span> <span m='80870'>degree,</span> <span m='81170'>like</span> <span m='81370'>in</span> <span m='81520'>nursing</span> <span m='82100'>or</span> <span m='82190'>some</span> <span m='82360'>sort</span> <span m='82560'>of</span> <span m='82940'>medical</span> <span m='83390'>degree</span> <span m='84350'>and</span> <span m='84710'>put</span> <span m='84980'>myself</span> <span m='85320'>in</span> <span m='85400'>a</span> <span m='85440'>position</span> <span m='85850'>where</span> <span m='86040'>I'm</span> <span m='86780'>starting</span> <span m='87360'>and</span> <span m='87490'>running</span> <span m='87870'>medical</span> <span m='88270'>clinics,</span> <span m='88970'>and</span> <span m='89120'>organizations,</span> <span m='89920'>and</span> <span m='90040'>stuff</span> <span m='90300'>like</span> <span m='90460'>that.</span> <span m='91200'>So</span> <span m='91280'>for</span> <span m='91440'>me,</span> <span m='91600'>this</span> <span m='91810'>is</span> <span m='91970'>just</span> <span m='92340'>more</span> <span m='92610'>education.</span> <span m='94420'>But</span> <span m='94620'>I</span> <span m='94980'>ended</span> <span m='95150'>up</span> <span m='95270'>getting</span> <span m='95490'>this</span> <span m='95680'>job</span> <span m='96010'>through</span> <span m='96400'>friends</span> <span m='96910'>who</span> <span m='97090'>work</span> <span m='97450'>in</span> <span m='97610'>the</span> <span m='97710'>Bay</span> <span m='97930'>Area</span> <span m='98360'>integrative</span> <span m='98715'>health</span> <span m='99070'>scene.</span> <span m='100910'>Because</span> <span m='101130'>that's</span> <span m='101330'>what</span> <span m='101590'>we</span> <span m='101710'>do</span> <span m='101900'>here.</span> <span m='102240'>Acupressure</span> <span m='102880'>is</span> <span m='102990'>a</span> <span m='103050'>form</span> <span m='103360'>of</span> <span m='103490'>Chinese</span> <span m='103850'>medicine.</span> </p><p><span m='104300'>The</span> <span m='104730'>advice</span> <span m='105160'>I</span> <span m='105260'>would</span> <span m='105570'>give</span> <span m='106350'>is</span> <span m='106950'>to</span> <span m='108020'>keep</span> <span m='108260'>your</span> <span m='108440'>options</span> <span m='108920'>open</span> <span m='109260'>for</span> <span m='109430'>now.</span> <span m='109990'>I</span> <span m='110080'>think</span> <span m='110260'>it's</span> <span m='110420'>an</span> <span m='110490'>exciting</span> <span m='110970'>time</span> <span m='111300'>to</span> <span m='111380'>be</span> <span m='111560'>in</span> <span m='111690'>this</span> <span m='111860'>field.</span> <span m='112120'>Because</span> <span m='112420'>there's</span> <span m='113580'>a</span> <span m='113660'>lot</span> <span m='113830'>of</span> <span m='113920'>change</span> <span m='114410'>and</span> <span m='114540'>growth.</span> <span m='115070'>And</span> <span m='115210'>medicine,</span> <span m='115660'>as</span> <span m='115760'>a</span> <span m='115810'>whole,</span> <span m='116490'>is</span> <span m='116720'>going</span> <span m='117290'>toward</span> <span m='117620'>integrative</span> <span m='118170'>health</span> <span m='118480'>and</span> <span m='118600'>away</span> <span m='118850'>from</span> <span m='119060'>just</span> <span m='119230'>straight</span> <span m='119510'>Western</span> <span m='119880'>medicine.</span> <span m='121030'>So</span> <span m='121930'>I'd</span> <span m='122130'>say</span> <span m='123110'>if</span> <span m='123430'>you're</span> <span m='123530'>going</span> <span m='123750'>into</span> <span m='123900'>health</span> <span m='124160'>care,</span> <span m='124430'>period,</span> <span m='126270'>look</span> <span m='126850'>into</span> <span m='127190'>things</span> <span m='127730'>other</span> <span m='128000'>than</span> <span m='128919'>straight,</span> <span m='130169'>traditional</span> <span m='131280'>Western</span> <span m='131740'>medicine.</span> <span m='132180'>Like</span> <span m='132360'>look</span> <span m='132450'>into</span> <span m='132660'>Chinese</span> <span m='133030'>medicine,</span> <span m='133460'>ayurveda,</span> <span m='134700'>other</span> <span m='134940'>things.</span> <span m='136330'>Because</span> <span m='136693'>that</span> <span m='137630'>seems</span> <span m='137920'>to</span> <span m='137990'>be</span> <span m='138090'>where the</span> <span m='138440'>future of</span> <span m='138740'>medicine</span> <span m='139040'>is</span> <span m='139340'>going.</span> </p>","file":{"id":291093,"video_id":"2714783795001","name":"1222-Kevin-p-OfficeManagerAccupuntureInstitute","duration":140388,"thumbnail_url":null}});