Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

General Information

Description

Perform routine administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to callers.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit56.58%
  2. State and local government20.03%
  3. Private, not for profit15.33%
  4. Self-employed5.06%
  5. Federal government2.36%

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

$38,850

Military salary*

$69,912

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State-by-state Salary

Gray states indicate no data available

$49,050
$30,010
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • High school 49%
  • Associate's degree 22%
  • Some college 10%
  • Bachelor's degree 10%
  • Post-secondary certificate 6%
  • 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
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • English Language
  • Mathematics

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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