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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Administrative Support field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33989Administrative ManagerFemale31 $48,000Sugar Hill, NY01/01/2010
33970Administrative AssistantMale24 $32,000Reno, NV01/01/2010
33941Administrative AssistantFemale27 $32,000salt lake city, UT01/01/2010
33953APA (Accredited Pension Administrator)Female42 $42,000Franklin, NJ01/01/2010
33924Administrative/CSRFemale31 $29,990Wright City, MO01/01/2010

Overview

Every business sector needs an efficiency expert to ensure things run smoothly. Administrative assistants fill these roles across all industries. In general, administrative assistants work at a computer and support the organization?s staff by performing clerical duties.

Administrative assistants maintain proper records through filing systems while adhering to confidentiality guidelines. Success in this role requires proficiency in utilizing different software programs like word processors, spreadsheets, calendars, and emails. Operation of office equipment, such as fax machines and multi-line telephones, is also important.

Organization and time management are key skill sets for an administrative assistant. They are in charge of managing the organization?s calendar and scheduling meetings. They also send out memos to other staff members informing them of events. Since creating drafts and editing documents are part of the job, administrative assistance need to have good writing skills, including spelling, grammar, and document accuracy.

Entry-level administrative assistants generally only need a high school diploma. Specialized positions require additional training, which can be gained through courses at technical schools. These positions include legal secretaries who work for law offices and medical secretaries who work for hospitals or doctors? offices. Executive administrative assistants usually require a bachelor?s degree or equivalent experience.

This career is ideal for people with great interpersonal skills and high integrity. Learn more specific details from the interviews with qualified administrative assistants in our real-world career profiles below. We give you an insider?s view on the daily life in this field, as well as what professionals like and dislike about their jobs.


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