Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

What Secretaries and Administrative Assistants Do

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and administrative duties.

Work Environment

Although secretaries and administrative assistants work in nearly every industry, many are employed in schools, hospitals, and government, legal, and medical offices. Most work full time.

How to Become a Secretary or Administrative Assistant

High school graduates who have experience using computer software applications usually qualify for entry-level positions. Although most secretaries learn their job in several weeks, many legal and medical secretaries require additional training to learn industry-specific terminology. Executive secretaries usually need several years of related work experience.

Pay

The median annual wage for secretaries and administrative assistants was $40,990 in May 2020.

Job Outlook

Overall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to decline 9 percent from 2019 to 2029.

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