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According to the BLS, secretaries are one of the largest labor forces in the job market. Employment for secretary jobs is expected to increase up to 12% between 2014 and 2024. Medical secretaries stand to see the best employment opportunities, as well as applicants with computer software experience.
Secretaries perform routine clerical and administrative duties. Their duties include organizing files, preparing documents, scheduling appointments, and supporting office staff. They use computer software to create spreadsheets, prepare presentations, reports, and documents, and maintain databases.
Secretaries can be found in almost every industry. Most secretaries work full time in an office setting. Some may work remote as virtual assistants.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required for most secretary jobs. Students who have experience using computer software, such as word processing software and spreadsheet programs. Job training usually takes several weeks.
Legal and medical secretaries require additional training to learn industry-specific terminology, or by attending specific courses offered at colleges and tech schools. Certification programs are also available for legal and medical administration.
Executive secretaries usually require several years of experience.
According to the BLS, the annual median wage is around $36,500. Legal secretaries earn around $43,200 and medical secretaries earn a wage around $33,040.
Secretaries should have excellent writing and organizational skills. Decision-making skills are also important as it helps secretaries prioritize tasks and make decisions on the employer’s behalf.
You can search for a secretary job listing through websites like CareerBuilder, Monster, Indeed, SimplyHired, and JobsInEachState.com. You can also visit a nearby recruitment and talk to a recruiter about opportunities available to you within the secretary.
Applicants interested in becoming a secretary may apply to jobs through a number of ways: Applicants may apply online through various job posting sites, through a company’s website, or getting involved with a recruitment agency. Some recruitment agencies can test applicant’s computer software and typing skills to help potential employers gauge whether the candidate is right for their company. Recruitment agencies may also provide classes on using word processing or spreadsheet software and typing.
Applicants with software experience will stand the best chance of being hired. Some companies also look for candidates with book keeping software experience, such as QuickBooks.
Candidates should also have a resume created to apply for job postings, along with a cover letter to send to employers.
Secretary salaries will vary depending on the location and experience, but secretaries typically make around $36,500 nationwide.
Secretary jobs are available in almost all industry sectors. They usually work in an office environment and work a typical 9 to 5 schedule. Some secretaries work from home.
Secretaries support office staff by performing administrative and clerical tasks. These tasks involve organizing, filing, and preparing documents, correspondence with clients and other employers, managing company information and data entry. Some secretaries in the legal and medical field may be required to know industry-specific terminology and practices, review and summaries documents, conduct research, process payments and reach out to other facilities to obtain information related to their work.
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