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Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

Secretaries and Administrative Assistants
Quick Facts : Secretaries and Administrative Assistants*
2010 Median Pay$34,660
Entry Level EducationHigh school diploma or equivalent
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 20124,010,200
Job Outlook12% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change492,900

Secretaries and administrative assistants are responsible for processing routine bank transactions thoroughly and accurately. Types of transactions may include money deposits, cashing checks, and collecting loan payments.

What Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Do

  •     Maintain paper and electronic filing systems for records and messages
  •     Route and distribute incoming mail and email
  •     Reply and attach files to incoming messages
  •     Correct spelling and grammar to ensure accuracy
  •     Complete forms in accordance with company procedures

Work Environment

Although secretaries and administrative assistants work in nearly every industry, many are concentrated in schools, hospitals, government agencies, and legal and medical offices. Most work in comfortable office settings. Virtual assistants typically work from a home office.
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Job Outlook

Overall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is expected to grow 12 percent from 2010 to 2020, and employment of executive secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to grow 13 percent.
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The average salary for secretaries and administrative assistants in May 2010 was $34,660.
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Becoming a Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

High school graduates who have basic office and computer skills usually qualify for entry-level secretarial and administrative assistant positions. Employers of more specialized positions often require applicants to have some knowledge of industry-specific terminology and practices.
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