Secretaries make appointments. They put files in order. They
also write letters and answer the phone. They may make travel
plans. Secretaries use computers, fax machines, and copiers. Secretaries
make sure that the information that leaves the office is right.
Other people in the office rely on secretaries to keep things
Some secretaries are called executive secretaries or administrative
assistants. These secretaries have more duties. Some make reports
and train others. Some secretaries work in one field, such as
medicine or law. Medical secretaries help doctors keep track of
patients. Legal secretaries work with lawyers.
Most secretaries work in offices. These offices can be in companies
small or large. Secretaries work in hospitals, schools, or banks.
Secretaries often must sit for a long time. Also, they spend a
lot of time using computers. Sometimes this causes eye strain
or wrist problems.
Some companies let secretaries work at different times of the
day. They also might do some of their work at home. Most secretaries
work 40 hours a week, but some work part time.
Secretaries should be good at keyboarding. They also should have
good grammar and be well-spoken. They need to know how to use
a word processor. They may also need to know other software programs.
Secretaries must operate different office equipment. Employers
want their secretaries to get along well with others. They should
also be well organized and honest. A high school diploma is needed
for most full-time jobs. Once they have a job, secretaries often
must take courses to update their skills. Medical and legal secretaries
need special training.
|How much does this job pay?
The middle half of all secretaries, excluding legal and medical
secretaries, earned between $26,980 and $41,350 a year in 2002.
The lowest-paid 10 percent earned less than $22,270. The highest-paid
10 percent earned more than $50,420. Legal secretaries earn more
and medical secretaries earn less.
Salaries vary a great deal, depending on differences in skill,
experience, and level of responsibility.
Secretaries and administrative assistants held more than 4.1
million jobs in 2002. This is one of the largest job categories
in the U.S. About 9 out of 10 secretaries worked in firms providing
services. These services ranged from education and health to legal
and business services.
The number of jobs for secretaries and administrative assistants
is expected to grow more slowly than the average for all occupations
through 2012. The slow growth is partly because personal computers,
electronic mail, scanners, and voice message systems allow secretaries
to accomplish more in the same amount of time. In addition to
new jobs, many jobs will become available to replace workers who
transfer to other occupations or leave this occupation for other
reasons. Job opportunities should be best for well-qualified and
|Are there other jobs like this?
- Bookkeeping clerks
- Court reporters
- Data entry and information processing workers
- Human resources, training, and labor relations managers and
- Receptionists and information clerks
- Medical assistants
- Medical records and health information technicians
- Office managers
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