Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff.
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Overall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to decline 7 percent from 2018 to 2028. Employment of secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive—the largest occupation in this profile—is projected to decline 9 percent from 2018 to 2028. In some organizations, technology is expected to enable other staff to prepare their own documents without the assistance of secretaries. Employment of medical secretaries is projected to grow 16 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. Employment of medical secretaries will depend on growth of the healthcare industry. Aging baby boomers, for example, will require more medical services as they become eligible for Social Security and Medicare. As a result of these effects, medical secretaries will be needed to handle administrative tasks related to billing and insurance processing. Employment of executive secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to decline 20 percent from 2018 to 2028. This is largely because many executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants can support more than one manager in an organization. In addition, many managers now perform work that was previously done by their executive secretaries. For example, they often type their own correspondence or schedule their own travel and meetings. Employment of legal secretaries, the smallest occupation in this profile, is projected to decline 21 percent from 2018 to 2028. In legal firms, paralegals and legal assistants use technology that enables them to perform work previously done by legal secretaries, such as preparing and filing documents.Read More
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