Virtual Assistant

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Virtual Assistant: A Global Career

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If you’re a motivated go-getter with strong administrative, business, and/or technical skills, then becoming a professional virtual assistant might be the career step you’ve been looking for. The virtual assistant can work from any location with anyone in the world.

What is a VA (Virtual Assistant)?

A virtual assistant is an independent entrepreneur providing administrative, creative, and technical services to clients virtually (online). As your own boss, you control the kind of work you do to best match your own skills and interests. Utilizing advanced technological modes of communication and data delivery, a professional VA assists clients in his/her area of expertise from his/her office on a contractual basis. (International Virtual Assistants Association.)

Virtual Assistants contract for a wide variety of professional services that may include desktop publishing, web research, web design and management, technical writing and editing, systems management, marketing, advertising, call center support, programming, graphic design, database management, academic writing, public relations, shopping cart management and event planning.


In this program you can earn the following:

Portland Community College is the first college in the Pacific Northwest to offer a Virtual Assistant Certificate.

The Virtual Assistant certificate is part of the Computer Applications & Office Systems (CAS/OS) program. See the Catalog and advising guide for information regarding certificate requirements. All CAS/OS courses applied to the certificate or degrees must be passed with a “C” grade or better.

What's Next?

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  1. Apply for admission to PCC.
  2. Contact a program representative for advising.
  3. Contact admissions and let them know you are seeking this certificate.

Course of Study

Employment Prospects

Did You Know...

The demand for virtual assistants is due to changing economic conditions, such as downsizing, outsourcing, and commuting expenses as well as the large number of small businesses. Many virtual assistants contract with entrepreneurs with no employees. Data shows that self-employed individuals who have no paid employees operate three-fourths of U.S. businesses. As a result the virtual assistant has become a viable career option for the highly skilled professional.

U.S. Census Bureau News, September 27, 2006