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Why Microsoft Excel Training is Vital for Professionals

Why Microsoft Excel Training is Vital for Professionals

Posted on 06/23/20 By Brittany K. King

From office administration and people management to completing payroll and calculating revenue, Microsoft Excel is the standard for professionals in need of a powerful data program. In fact, it is estimated 750 million people worldwide use Microsoft Excel.

Excel has become a household name for online spreadsheets, but this wasn't always the case. Throughout the first half of the 1980s, Lotus 1-2-3 was the spreadsheet program of choice among those with personal computers

The first version of Excel was launched in 1985 for Macintosh users, but by 1987 Excel was running on the latest Windows computers. Needless to say, it's dominated the electronic spreadsheet market ever since. 


Screenshot of data within Lotus 1-2-3

Charting on Lotus 1-2-3, via Wikipedia


Each Excel update brings more significant enhancements to the program, making it difficult to stay current on every feature the application offers. While Excel is designed to be user-friendly, even for the most casual users, it has more than 450 features to master.

If you have struggled with applying Microsoft Excel to your career, have had issues making the program work in your role, or are unsure of the available features, then advanced Microsoft Excel training will help you. 

8 Excel Formulas You Should Know

Microsoft Excel is used in almost every business environment where numbers and data are collated. In short: any professional will benefit from understanding Excel more in depth. 

Below are basic and advanced Excel formulas every professional should know:


SUM SUM allows you to find the sum of columns or rows.   =SUM(D1:D12)

COUNT counts the number of cells in an array that have a number value in them.

AVERAGE AVERAGE takes the average of the numbers you input.   =AVERAGE (F1:F26)
INDEX + MATCH INDEX MATCH is an advanced alternative to VLOOKUP or HLOOKUP formulas.   =INDEX(D2:F8,MATCH(B13,D3:D9,0),MATCH(C14,D3:F3,0))  
CONCATENATE CONCATENATE combines data into one cell.   =CONCATENATE(C1," ",D2)
AND AND is a logical function that checks if data is true or false.   =AND(B1="GOOD", C3>10)
PROPER PROPER will take incorrect capitalization within cells and output it with proper formatting.   =PROPER(A2)
CHOOSE CHOOSE allows you to pick among a number of options and return the selected choice.    =CHOOSE(choice, option1, option2, option3)  


Advanced Microsoft Excel Training 

Any professional working in any field can benefit from a more robust understanding of Excel's formulas and features. If you are starting your career or seeking career advancement, our Microsoft Excel training can help you master the advanced features you may need to embrace new work opportunities.

With an understanding of advanced Excel features, you may be able to seek qualifications for a new position or prove your readiness for new responsibility. If you are mid-career or have achieved a significant level of advancement, Excel training in advanced formulas and features helps you move forward with more efficiency.

Professionals who benefit from learning advanced Excel functions include:

  • Mathematicians, researchers and scientists
  • Academic professionals
  • Administrative assistants
  • Financial professionals
  • Paralegals, attorneys and other legal professionals
  • Office professionals
  • Aviation and aerospace professionals
  • IT and tech professionals
  • Managers, supervisors, CFOs, presidents and vice presidents
  • Professionals in the construction and architectural industries
  • Engineers

Close up image of cells within an Excel spreadsheet

What Is Advanced Microsoft Excel Training?

Advanced training in Microsoft Excel will help you learn uncommon features such as quick cell values, 3D formulas, and power functions. In addition to more uncommon formulas, advanced training will help you master the IF, INDEX, MATCH, CONVERT, AND VLOOKUP functions so you can apply them in more complex ways. 

These and other training subjects help you turn Excel into a powerful professional resource you can use to manage large amounts of information, calculate and analyze complex data and prepare information reports. 


Advanced Microsoft Excel Training Online 

If you are seeking advanced Excel training for your current role or for professional development, Lorman Education Services can provide flexible, robust training designed for professionals like you. More than 1.4 million professionals have trusted Lorman with their training needs for over 30 years.

Our Advanced Microsoft Excel training was developed by an industry leader with years of experience teaching 300+ seminars and training courses. Plus, our training is updated regularly, so you will have peace of mind knowing your training is relevant for the most current versions of Excel.

Advanced Microsoft Excel from Lorman is designed by professionals for professionals. Every minute you invest in training will reward you with actionable information and practical tips you can implement right away. 


Learn more about Lorman's Excel - Mastering Advanced Functions course.




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