Executive Secretaries and Executive Administrative Assistants

General Information

Description

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.

Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit59.97%
  2. State and local government17.40%
  3. Private, not for profit15.08%
  4. Self-employed4.42%
  5. Federal government2.35%

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

Industry areas

  • Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  • Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
  • State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)

Job Outlook

Overall employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is projected to decline 5 percent from 2016 to 2026. Employment of secretaries, except legal, medical, and executive—the largest occupation in this profile—is projected to decline 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. 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 22 percent from 2016 to 2026, 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 17 percent from 2016 to 2026. 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 19 percent from 2016 to 2026. 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.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$56,090

State-by-state Salary

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$69,870
$29,250
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Associate's degree 33%
  • High school 24%
  • Some college 20%
  • Bachelor's degree 11%
  • Post-master's certificate 3%
  • First professional degree 2%
  • Master's degree 1%
  • Post-secondary certificate 1%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Clerical
  • English Language
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Administration and Management

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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