Executive Assistant Careers

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Career Overview

Executive assistants are one of the most important employees in any office. They are responsible for running and organizing the activities of business owners and executives. They are also sometimes called executive secretaries. Executive assistants provide support for top level managers and executives in businesses. They usually do fewer clerical activities than normal secretaries and are more involved in the management of information and activities. They arrange for travel, conference calls, supervise other secretarial staff, and ensure that important documents and reports are completed and delivered on time. They may also conduct special research and do statistical reporting. There will be more job openings in the secretarial field over the next few years then just about any other career.

Education Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

Executive Assistants work closely with high end executives and business owners. They should have good communication skills, office equipment operation skills, documentation and writing skills, and excellent computer software applications skills.
careers for executive assistants

Top Schools for Executive Assistants:

Bryant and Stratton College
Kaplan University
Strayer University
DeVry University
Capella University

Career Trends

Average Salary for executive assistants in 2008: $41,650
Jobs in 2008 for executive assistants: 1,594,400
Projected jobs for executive assistants through 2018: 1,798,800

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Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
Communications Equipment Operators
Computer Operators
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Data Entry and Information Processing Workers
Human Resources Assistants, except Payroll and Timekeeping
Medical Assistants

Article Reference: Bureau of Labor Statistics

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