Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

General Information

Description

Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, and handling information requests, as well as performing routine administrative functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit64.80%
  2. Private, not for profit18.14%
  3. State and local government12.03%
  4. Federal government3.29%
  5. Self-employed1.51%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Overall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to decline 7 percent from 2020 to 2030. Despite declining employment, about 324,300 openings for secretaries and administrative assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. All of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

Read More
No Information for this section

Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$63,110

State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$74,700
$35,670
No Information for this section

Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 33%
  • High school 24%
  • Some college 20%
  • Bachelor's degree 11%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • First professional degree 2%
  • Master's degree 1%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%

Related College Majors

Select major to see colleges that offer it

Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
No Information for this section