Secretary Takes Notes

Secretaries, also called administrative assistants, perform a wide range of jobs that vary greatly from business to business. However, most secretaries draft memos, letters, and reports; manage records and information; answer telephones; handle correspondence; schedule appointments; make travel arrangements; and sort mail. The amount of time secretaries spend on these duties depends on the size and type of the office as well as on their own job training. There are nearly 4 million secretaries employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Administrative Assistants, Administrative Secretaries, Education Secretaries, Legal Secretaries, Medical Secretaries, Membership Secretaries, Personal Secretaries, Social Secretaries, Technical Secretaries, Virtual Assistants
Duties Perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties in offices; assist employers; coordinate meetings and other functions; represent their employer in a professional manner
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $75,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • English
Experience On-the-job training
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook About as Fast as the Average
Career Ladder
  • Office Manager
  • Secretarial Supervisor
  • Executive Secretary
  • Experienced Secretary
  • Entry-Level Secretary