Legal Secretaries and Administrative Assistants

General Information

Description

Perform secretarial duties using legal terminology, procedures, and documents. Prepare legal papers and correspondence, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas. May also assist with legal research.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit75.96%
  2. State and local government15.28%
  3. Self-employed3.56%
  4. Private, not for profit3.05%
  5. Federal government1.66%

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.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$48,980

State-by-state Salary

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$91,950
$34,470
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Some college 30%
  • Bachelor's degree 22%
  • Associate's degree 19%
  • High school 18%
  • Post-secondary certificate 8%
  • Master's degree 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • English Language
  • Law and Government
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service

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
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