Despite the misconception of an administrative assistant's job being elementary, they perform a variety of duties
vital to keeping an office running smoothly and efficiently.
Nearly every administrative assistant position requires a high school diploma and many also require an associate's degree.
The requirements depend significantly on the employer and how much the employer values and delegates responsibility
to the position. Whom the assistant works for also plays a large role. For example, more will be
expected from an executive assistant to the CEO of a company than an assistant in a small business.
The main role of an administrative assistant is to be the gatekeeper to the person in the position to which they are assistant.
Oftentimes, they handle all incoming calls, emails, mail, faxes and other communication methods and are also in charge
of ordering office supplies and taking inventory of existing supplies.
Prior office experience and knowledge of general office procedures including scheduling, telephone skills, typing,
documentation skills, verbal communication skills, written communication skills, dependability, attention to detail,
and administrative writing skills are highly valued.
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, secretaries and administrative assistants earned a median salary of $39,850 in 2019,
while executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants earned a median salary of $62,920 in 2019.
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and what industry the job is in. Those working for non-profits can expect a lower salary than those working
for prestigious institutions or large corporations.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Secretaries and
Administrative Assistants, on the Internet at
https://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm (visited May 22, 2020).