Administrative Asst/Exec Sec


Work Tasks

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS/EXECUTIVE SECRETARIES perform many administrative and clerical duties needed to keep a firm running smoothly. They create spreadsheets, manage databases, and create reports and documents, using desktop publishing. They schedule meetings and appointments and organize and keep paper and electronic files. They manage projects, do research, and give information by phone, postal mail, and email. They prepare correspondence and make travel arrangements. They use office equipment, such as computers, fax machines, copiers, and phone systems to help them in their work.

Salary, Size & Growth

Entry Requirements

High school graduates with office skills may qualify for entry-level secretarial positions. However, more employers require knowledge of software applications, such as word processing. Training for ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANTS/EXECUTIVE SECRETARIES is offered by high school vocational education programs, and 1- and 2-year programs in office administration are offered by business schools, vocational-technical institutes, and community colleges. Bachelor's degrees and professional certifications are becoming more important.