As technology use continues to increase, the role of the office professional has greatly involved.


Many secretaries and administrative assistants now provide training and orientation for new staff, conduct research on the Internet, and operate and troubleshoot new office technologies. Secretaries and administrative assistants are responsible for a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently. They serve as an information manager for the office, schedule meetings and appointments, organize and maintain paper and electric files, manage projects, conduct research, and provide information via the telephone, postal mail, and e-mail.


  • Administrative Office Specialist
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Legal Secretary
  • Medical Secretary


Specific job duties vary with experience and titles. Executive secretaries and administrative assistants, for example, perform fewer clerical tasks than other secretaries. Some secretaries and administrative assistants, such as legal and medical secretaries, perform highly specialized work requiring knowledge of technical terminology and procedures.


Overall, employment of secretaries or administrative assistants is expected to grow 3% through the year 2024. Opportunities
should be best for well-qualified and experienced secretaries.


The median annual salary for secretaries and administrative assistants is $31,020, or $14.91 per hour.