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Secretaries are responsible for coordinating an office's administrative activities. At its core, this job ensures that an office runs smoothly. There are a wide variety of clerical and administrative duties that secretaries need to accomplish in order to make this happen. They schedule appointments, draft correspondence, provide information to outsiders, handle office inventory, and create and maintain files in either hard-copy or electronic form.

Some secretaries perform highly specialized work requiring special knowledge and skills. For example, executive secretaries and administrative assistants work for high-ranking executives within an organization and provide senior-level administrative and clerical support. These professionals may also manage the scheduling for a top executive or senior manager, thereby becoming a most trusted aide.

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Secretary Schools

Secretary education requirements, which can vary widely, depend on the specific job. Education for this profession can be obtained through business programs offered by high schools, junior colleges, community colleges, and postsecondary schools. Some schools have work-study programs in which students can work in clerical jobs while still in school. Students can also seek out summer employment in the clerical field. Helpful courses to take while in school include business software, business math, computers, word processing, and office practices. The following schools offer administrative assistant training programs that lead to certificates or associate degrees:

  • Penn Foster Career Schools - This online school provides an administrative assistant career diploma program that can prepare students to become an administrative assistant in as little as five months.
  • Indiana Wesleyan University - This evangelical Christian university offers an online Associate of Science in business that can prepare students to support the daily operations of a business.
  • Baker College Online - This fully online school offers an Associate of Science in business that combines classroom instruction with real-world experience.
  • Colorado Technical University - This university offers an online Associate of Science in business administration with a focus on communications and decision-making skills in the workforce.

Secretary Education Requirements

The minimum formal training required in this field is a high school diploma. Individuals with this level of education must also learn basic office skills in order to secure an entry-level position. Secretary education requirements that go beyond the diploma level may be completed through one- and two-year office administration training programs generally offered by community colleges and vocational schools. Temporary placement agencies are also known to offer secretary training in office and computer skills.

Specialized secretaries typically require a higher level of education. Most medical and legal secretaries are required to enroll in specialized training programs that impart industry-related knowledge. Employers of executive secretaries are increasingly inclined to seek candidates with a college degree. A degree which is related to the business or industry in which a candidate seeks employment can provide the applicant with a distinct advantage in the job market.

Once on the job, most secretaries will learn more advanced skills over time. This may come in the form of instruction by other colleagues, software or equipment vendors, instructor-led classes, or online courses. As technologies and office automation continue to evolve, continuing education will remain a critical element in the role of a secretary.

Administrative Assistant Training Programs

In recent years, with the reliance on office technology expanding at a rapid pace, the secretary's role has evolved to the point where secretaries now assume responsibilities once reserved for managerial and professional staff. For example, many secretaries now conduct research on the Internet, operate and troubleshoot new office technologies, and provide training to new staff members.

All these responsibilities require well-developed word processing, writing and communication skills. Most administrative assistant training programs will help students sharpen these skills.

If you are seeking formal secretarial training, you have several options:

  • Associate Degree: Some vocational schools and community colleges offer one- to two-year training programs in office administration and secretarial duties. These are beneficial for developing basic office skills and improving your chances of employment at entry-level positions. Associate degrees in business related fields are also helpful for learning the fundamentals of running a successful business.
  • Bachelor's Degree: Executive secretaries and higher-level administrative positions will sometimes require a college degree, preferably in a business discipline or in a field related to the company's business.
  • Specialized Training: Those seeking employment in specialized fields, such as medical and legal, may be required to attend administrative assistant training programs specific to that field.

After completing your training and landing yourself a job, make sure to stay informed on new office and organizational technologies.

Secretary Certification and Licensing

Industry-recognized certifications are available through organizations such as the International Association of Administrative Professionals, the National Association of Legal Secretaries (NALS), and Legal Secretaries International.

Certifications are awarded at different proficiency levels, and more advanced varieties can be earned as secretaries advance and gain experience in their careers. Some of the more prominent designations include the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) and the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certifications, which can be earned by establishing a certain experience or educational threshold level and by passing an examination. Legal secretaries with one year of experience in the legal field can acquire the Accredited Legal Secretary (ALS) designation through a testing process administered by NALS.

Resources for Secretaries

Sources:

    1. Baker College Online, http://www.baker.edu/baker-online/programs-degrees/interests/business/
    2. Colorado Technical University, http://www.coloradotech.edu/degrees/associate/business
    3. Indiana Wesleyan University, https://www.indwes.edu/adult-graduate/as-business/
    4. Penn Foster Career Schools, http://www.pennfoster.edu/programs-and-degrees/administrative-assistant/administrative-assistant-career-diploma
    5. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm

    Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
    Secretaries

    Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Secretaries jobs , as of 2016

    2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

         
    Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Birmingham 12240 $35,120
    Hoover 12240 $35,120
    Huntsville 5030 $35,790
    Mobile 4650 $32,730
    Montgomery 4000 $33,240
    Tuscaloosa 2320 $33,960
    Foley 1870 $31,710
    Daphne 1870 $31,710
    Fairhope 1870 $31,710
    Auburn 1470 $34,560
    Opelika 1470 $34,560
    Florence 1420 $30,380
    Muscle Shoals 1420 $30,380
    Dothan 1340 $31,450
    Decatur 1080 $31,830
    Anniston 990 $31,440
    Oxford 990 $31,440
    Jacksonville 990 $31,440
    Gadsden 660 $30,230
         
    Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Anchorage 3590 $37,550
    Fairbanks 860 $39,050
         
    Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Mesa 29630 $34,560
    Phoenix 29630 $34,560
    Scottsdale 29630 $34,560
    Tucson 6580 $31,990
    Prescott 1110 $30,530
    Flagstaff 1100 $29,940
    Kingman 900 $28,890
    Lake Havasu City 900 $28,890
    Yuma 810 $28,870
    Sierra Vista 590 $26,960
    Douglas 590 $26,960
         
    Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Conway 4710 $30,560
    North Little Rock 4710 $30,560
    Little Rock 4710 $30,560
    Jonesboro 700 $26,990
    Pine Bluff 620 $25,700
    Hot Springs 520 $26,190
         
    Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Anaheim 82890 $39,170
    Long Beach 82890 $39,170
    Los Angeles 82890 $39,170
    San Francisco 33110 $45,760
    Hayward 33110 $45,760
    Oakland 33110 $45,760
    Riverside 19290 $37,670
    Ontario 19290 $37,670
    San Bernardino 19290 $37,670
    San Diego 19020 $38,600
    Carlsbad 19020 $38,600
    Arcade 12960 $36,400
    Sacramento 12960 $36,400
    Arden 12960 $36,400
    Roseville 12960 $36,400
    Santa Clara 12280 $44,620
    San Jose 12280 $44,620
    Sunnyvale 12280 $44,620
    Fresno 4540 $35,160
    Thousand Oaks 4400 $38,330
    Ventura 4400 $38,330
    Oxnard 4400 $38,330
    Bakersfield 3700 $36,490
    Lodi 2860 $37,050
    Stockton 2860 $37,050
    Santa Rosa 2740 $41,410
    Santa Barbara 2550 $41,370
    Santa Maria 2550 $41,370
    Modesto 2440 $35,460
    San Luis Obispo 1970 $36,090
    Paso Robles 1970 $36,090
    Arroyo Grande 1970 $36,090
    Salinas 1920 $39,220
    Porterville 1790 $35,300
    Visalia 1790 $35,300
    Vallejo 1640 $36,910
    Fairfield 1640 $36,910
    Santa Cruz 1320 $39,710
    Watsonville 1320 $39,710
    Chico 1160 $35,270
    Napa 970 $42,410
    Redding 910 $32,440
    Merced 680 $35,860
    Yuba City 650 $34,180
    El Centro 580 $38,260
    Madera 530 $32,650
    Corcoran 420 $34,540
    Hanford 420 $34,540
         
    Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Aurora 25190 $37,680
    Denver 25190 $37,680
    Lakewood 25190 $37,680
    Colorado Springs 5630 $34,180
    Fort Collins 3480 $35,730
    Boulder 3340 $37,710
    Greeley 1990 $32,640
    Grand Junction 1420 $33,940
    Pueblo 800 $33,210
         
    Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    East Hartford 10020 $43,930
    West Hartford 10020 $43,930
    Hartford 10020 $43,930
    Stamford 9070 $42,740
    Norwalk 9070 $42,740
    Bridgeport 9070 $42,740
    New Haven 6110 $42,170
    Danbury 1580 $38,610
    Waterbury 1270 $37,980
         
    Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Dover 1320 $36,770
         
    Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    West Palm Beach 57260 $33,380
    Miami 57260 $33,380
    Fort Lauderdale 57260 $33,380
    St. Petersburg 25010 $32,190
    Clearwater 25010 $32,190
    Tampa 25010 $32,190
    Kissimmee 21980 $32,780
    Orlando 21980 $32,780
    Sanford 21980 $32,780
    Jacksonville 11990 $31,530
    North Port 6460 $31,100
    Sarasota 6460 $31,100
    Bradenton 6460 $31,100
    Fort Myers 5320 $31,530
    Cape Coral 5320 $31,530
    Deltona 5270 $29,700
    Daytona Beach 5270 $29,700
    Ormond Beach 5270 $29,700
    Tallahassee 4630 $32,030
    Lakeland 3990 $29,310
    Winter Haven 3990 $29,310
    Palm Bay 3920 $30,790
    Titusville 3920 $30,790
    Melbourne 3920 $30,790
    Ferry Pass 3560 $29,920
    Brent 3560 $29,920
    Pensacola 3560 $29,920
    Port St. Lucie 3170 $30,110
    Immokalee 2930 $35,380
    Naples 2930 $35,380
    Marco Island 2930 $35,380
    Crestview 2430 $31,940
    Destin 2430 $31,940
    Fort Walton Beach 2430 $31,940
    Ocala 2420 $27,020
    Gainesville 2310 $30,280
    Panama City 1760 $30,430
    Sebastian 1250 $32,570
    Vero Beach 1250 $32,570
    Punta Gorda 1210 $29,630
    Homosassa Springs 830 $27,150
    Sebring 610 $28,570
    The Villages 520 $28,600
         
    Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Sandy Springs 34930 $36,190
    Atlanta 34930 $36,190
    Roswell 34930 $36,190
    Savannah 2770 $34,660
    Athens 1460 $34,770
    Clarke County 1460 $34,770
    Macon 1420 $30,790
    Gainesville 1300 $33,020
    Albany 1040 $28,620
    Dalton 980 $31,170
    Valdosta 950 $28,280
    Warner Robins 680 $30,280
    Brunswick 670 $30,540
    Rome 650 $29,700
    Hinesville 230 $29,860
         
    Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Urban Honolulu 7350 $39,490
    Lahaina 930 $35,980
    Wailuku 930 $35,980
    Kahului 930 $35,980
         
    Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Boise City 3910 $31,060
    Idaho Falls 800 $30,010
    Coeur d'Alene 750 $31,550
    Pocatello 550 $29,870
         
    Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Peoria 2880 $30,660
    Rockford 2390 $32,740
    Bloomington 1890 $33,010
    Springfield 1710 $32,570
    Champaign 1340 $32,950
    Urbana 1340 $32,950
    Decatur 840 $28,930
    Marion 810 $28,250
    Carbondale 810 $28,250
    Kankakee 600 $30,350
    Danville 390 $31,450
         
    Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Indianapolis 12490 $34,270
    Anderson 12490 $34,270
    Carmel 12490 $34,270
    Fort Wayne 2980 $32,910
    West Lafayette 1530 $32,110
    Lafayette 1530 $32,110
    Terre Haute 1100 $29,380
    Elkhart 950 $29,890
    Goshen 950 $29,890
    Bloomington 720 $34,520
    Muncie 630 $33,140
    La Porte 590 $29,970
    Michigan City 590 $29,970
    Columbus 490 $29,860
    Kokomo 350 $29,370
         
    Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    West Des Moines 3880 $37,140
    Des Moines 3880 $37,140
    Cedar Rapids 1440 $31,460
    Iowa City 1130 $38,220
    Cedar Falls 1110 $31,220
    Waterloo 1110 $31,220
    Dubuque 660 $31,590
    Ames 590 $41,460
         
    Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Wichita 5240 $32,210
    Topeka 2860 $30,620
    Lawrence 1230 $32,240
    Manhattan 1010 $30,700
         
    Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Lexington 4100 $34,820
    Fayette 4100 $34,820
    Bowling Green 1270 $27,900
    Fort Knox 990 $29,340
    Elizabethtown 990 $29,340
    Owensboro 850 $28,280
         
    Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Metairie 7660 $32,310
    New Orleans 7660 $32,310
    Baton Rouge 7060 $30,210
    Shreveport 3050 $29,230
    Bossier City 3050 $29,230
    Lafayette 3000 $28,000
    Houma 1760 $28,270
    Thibodaux 1760 $28,270
    Monroe 1680 $28,450
    Lake Charles 1560 $26,500
    Alexandria 1190 $27,010
    Hammond 820 $29,850
         
    Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Portland 3030 $36,390
    South Portland 3030 $36,390
    Bangor 1270 $31,760
    Auburn 690 $31,860
    Lewiston 690 $31,860
         
    Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Baltimore 31470 $38,550
    Towson 31470 $38,550
    Columbia 31470 $38,550
    Lexington Park 1170 $42,370
    California 1170 $42,370
         
    Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Barnstable Town 1310 $40,450
    New Bedford 720 $37,820
    Gardner 600 $41,700
    Leominster 600 $41,700
    Pittsfield 490 $35,890
         
    Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Dearborn 25200 $34,340
    Detroit 25200 $34,340
    Warren 25200 $34,340
    Grand Rapids 7190 $33,430
    Wyoming 7190 $33,430
    Lansing 4040 $39,290
    East Lansing 4040 $39,290
    Ann Arbor 2310 $38,100
    Flint 1950 $30,250
    Portage 1750 $30,990
    Kalamazoo 1750 $30,990
    Saginaw 1240 $31,040
    Niles 1040 $30,610
    Benton Harbor 1040 $30,610
    Muskegon 840 $30,700
    Jackson 840 $33,290
    Battle Creek 760 $32,740
    Monroe 630 $31,860
    Bay City 520 $31,340
    Midland 380 $31,180
         
    Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    St. Cloud 1360 $37,010
    Rochester 1350 $36,210
    Mankato 630 $36,540
    North Mankato 630 $36,540
         
    Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Jackson 5890 $31,230
    Pascagoula 2880 $31,840
    Biloxi 2880 $31,840
    Gulfport 2880 $31,840
    Hattiesburg 1250 $28,370
         
    Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Springfield 5400 $30,090
    Jefferson City 2500 $29,860
    Columbia 2440 $29,790
    Joplin 1930 $26,260
         
    Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Billings 1450 $31,310
    Missoula 900 $28,310
    Great Falls 550 $29,910
         
    Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Lincoln 2410 $34,220
    Grand Island 680 $29,980
         
    Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Paradise 9880 $36,540
    Henderson 9880 $36,540
    Las Vegas 9880 $36,540
    Reno 2720 $36,020
    Carson City 1040 $35,900
         
    Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Manchester 1880 $33,900
         
    Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Trenton 4370 $47,610
    Atlantic City 1470 $38,010
    Hammonton 1470 $38,010
    Vineland 710 $37,050
    Bridgeton 710 $37,050
    Ocean City 670 $34,320
         
    Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Albuquerque 10450 $32,840
    Las Cruces 2050 $29,510
    Santa Fe 1610 $35,700
    Farmington 1430 $31,640
         
    Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Rochester 12480 $35,790
    Cheektowaga 10510 $34,050
    Niagara Falls 10510 $34,050
    Buffalo 10510 $34,050
    Albany 10170 $38,210
    Schenectady 10170 $38,210
    Troy 10170 $38,210
    Syracuse 6130 $35,660
    Utica 2300 $33,340
    Rome 2300 $33,340
    Binghamton 2150 $34,720
    Ithaca 2140 $45,400
    Kingston 1460 $36,740
    Glens Falls 980 $33,050
    Watertown 840 $31,520
    Fort Drum 840 $31,520
    Elmira 630 $34,530
         
    Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Raleigh 9550 $35,140
    Durham 6180 $38,380
    Chapel Hill 6180 $38,380
    High Point 4480 $35,090
    Greensboro 4480 $35,090
    Salem 3240 $34,930
    Winston 3240 $34,930
    Asheville 2440 $34,430
    Hickory 1740 $31,950
    Lenoir 1740 $31,950
    Morganton 1740 $31,950
    Greenville 1610 $33,320
    Wilmington 1500 $34,340
    Fayetteville 1330 $31,150
    Rocky Mount 790 $33,550
    New Bern 760 $30,950
    Burlington 630 $32,180
    Jacksonville 560 $31,400
    Goldsboro 500 $32,140
         
    Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Bismarck 1590 $37,470
         
    Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Elyria 16740 $35,370
    Cleveland 16740 $35,370
    Columbus 12310 $35,540
    Akron 5370 $34,520
    Dayton 5060 $35,070
    Toledo 4140 $34,000
    Canton 2200 $31,670
    Massillon 2200 $31,670
    Lima 760 $29,650
    Mansfield 690 $30,390
    Springfield 660 $30,750
         
    Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Oklahoma City 9740 $31,520
    Tulsa 6540 $31,160
    Lawton 790 $28,740
         
    Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Salem 3100 $36,690
    Eugene 2380 $33,490
    Redmond 1080 $34,600
    Bend 1080 $34,600
    Medford 1060 $33,200
    Albany 620 $33,470
    Corvallis 620 $36,550
    Grants Pass 470 $27,150
         
    Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Pittsburgh 21450 $34,020
    Harrisburg 5560 $35,390
    Carlisle 5560 $35,390
    Scranton 4410 $31,800
    Wilkes 4410 $31,800
    Hazleton 4410 $31,800
    Barre 4410 $31,800
    Lancaster 4400 $33,520
    York 2910 $32,050
    Hanover 2910 $32,050
    Reading 2780 $33,990
    State College 2040 $34,610
    Erie 1950 $30,240
    Altoona 1200 $29,410
    Chambersburg 1190 $28,660
    Waynesboro 1190 $28,660
    Johnstown 1140 $28,790
    Williamsport 1010 $30,550
    East Stroudsburg 930 $31,970
    Lebanon 850 $30,450
    Gettysburg 720 $30,890
    Bloomsburg 690 $29,680
    Berwick 690 $29,680
         
    Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    San Juan 16700 $19,840
    Carolina 16700 $19,840
    Caguas 16700 $19,840
    Ponce 1810 $18,290
    Isabela 1530 $18,240
    Aguadilla 1530 $18,240
    Mayag�ez 990 $18,390
    Arecibo 900 $18,590
    San German 550 $18,160
    Guayama 280 $17,970
         
    Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Columbia 7910 $32,090
    Mauldin 7620 $31,660
    Greenville 7620 $31,660
    Anderson 7620 $31,660
    Charleston 5660 $33,310
    North Charleston 5660 $33,310
    Spartanburg 2780 $31,630
    Florence 1410 $28,850
    Beaufort 1240 $30,510
    Hilton Head Island 1240 $30,510
    Bluffton 1240 $30,510
    Sumter 420 $36,830
         
    Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Sioux Falls 1600 $28,910
    Rapid City 1000 $27,980
         
    Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Murfreesboro 17450 $31,820
    Franklin 17450 $31,820
    Davidson 17450 $31,820
    Nashville 17450 $31,820
    Knoxville 7780 $30,080
    Johnson City 1560 $32,820
    Jackson 1480 $28,400
    Morristown 980 $27,810
    Cleveland 730 $30,880
         
    Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Dallas 44920 $34,790
    Fort Worth 44920 $34,790
    Arlington 44920 $34,790
    Houston 42230 $34,490
    Sugar Land 42230 $34,490
    The Woodlands 42230 $34,490
    Round Rock 19280 $33,830
    Austin 19280 $33,830
    New Braunfels 13690 $32,930
    San Antonio 13690 $32,930
    McAllen 4940 $23,130
    Edinburg 4940 $23,130
    Mission 4940 $23,130
    El Paso 4150 $27,750
    Corpus Christi 2660 $32,140
    Beaumont 2500 $29,110
    Port Arthur 2500 $29,110
    Killeen 2130 $29,300
    Temple 2130 $29,300
    Lubbock 2080 $29,560
    Harlingen 2070 $25,120
    Brownsville 2070 $25,120
    College Station 2050 $31,450
    Bryan 2050 $31,450
    Amarillo 1890 $30,580
    Waco 1820 $29,350
    Tyler 1780 $30,050
    Longview 1500 $27,320
    Laredo 1490 $29,310
    Midland 1230 $34,400
    Abilene 1160 $29,970
    Odessa 1140 $32,400
    Wichita Falls 980 $27,160
    Victoria 730 $28,580
    San Angelo 720 $28,460
    Sherman 520 $29,980
    Denison 520 $29,980
         
    Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Salt Lake City 13150 $33,490
    Clearfield 5320 $31,290
    Ogden 5320 $31,290
    Orem 4630 $30,760
    Provo 4630 $30,760
    St. George 1530 $28,680
         
    Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    South Burlington 1770 $36,120
    Burlington 1770 $36,120
         
    Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Richmond 6940 $35,860
    Roanoke 2110 $31,460
    Charlottesville 1440 $36,610
    Lynchburg 1190 $28,750
    Radford 670 $30,300
    Blacksburg 670 $30,300
    Christiansburg 670 $30,300
    Harrisonburg 670 $31,380
    Waynesboro 540 $32,820
    Staunton 540 $32,820
         
    Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Tacoma 19370 $42,440
    Seattle 19370 $42,440
    Bellevue 19370 $42,440
    Spokane 3180 $35,790
    Spokane Valley 3180 $35,790
    Tumwater 2220 $41,670
    Olympia 2220 $41,670
    Richland 1580 $38,160
    Kennewick 1580 $38,160
    Yakima 1220 $36,290
    Bellingham 1140 $36,230
    Bremerton 1120 $39,800
    Silverdale 1120 $39,800
    Wenatchee 670 $38,170
    Mount Vernon 550 $40,580
    Anacortes 550 $40,580
    Longview 500 $37,130
    Walla Walla 410 $34,800
         
    Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Charleston 1890 $31,110
    Morgantown 960 $30,300
    Beckley 680 $28,240
    Vienna 480 $29,250
    Parkersburg 480 $29,250
         
    Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    West Allis 5880 $39,880
    Waukesha 5880 $39,880
    Milwaukee 5880 $39,880
    Madison 2740 $37,270
    Appleton 940 $34,410
    Green Bay 880 $35,510
    Neenah 580 $34,860
    Oshkosh 580 $34,860
    Racine 520 $34,210
    Eau Claire 450 $33,350
    Beloit 440 $32,790
    Janesville 440 $32,790
    Sheboygan 400 $38,000
    Wausau 360 $31,800
    Fond du Lac 320 $32,800
         
    Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Casper 720 $36,410
    Cheyenne 610 $34,450

    Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Secretaries

    To find out more about building a career as Secretaries, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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    Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

    2016 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov; 2014-24 State Occupational Projections, Projections Central, projectionscentral.com

    Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
    Education 352,210 18% $30,110
    Professional And Technical Services 188,230 10% $29,200
    Government 163,470 8% $34,710
    Medical Office 125,760 6% $28,540
    Office Services And Staffing 117,990 6% $27,520
    Construction Trades 96,850 5% $27,090
    Hospital 70,350 3% $31,030
    Real Estate 68,970 3% $26,980
    Insurance 59,860 3% $28,020
    Non-profit 55,640 2% $28,080
    Durable Goods Wholesale 45,890 2% $27,450
    Construction 43,300 2% $27,700
    Social Service 30,160 1% $26,980
    Business Management 29,000 1% $31,710
    Maintenance And Repair 26,020 1% $25,040
    Non-durable Goods Wholesale 25,330 1% $27,060
    Banking And Credit 21,630 1% $29,490
    Online Wholesale 19,280 1% $28,050
    Auto And Auto Parts Dealers 18,980 1% $24,870
    Securities And Investment 18,730 1% $32,420
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    • Business Office Administration (10-Month Diploma Program)
    • Dedicated to providing career training since 1975.
    • Has 13 campus locations in Southern California and a campus in Morrow, GA.
    • Provides flexible class times including weekends.
    • Offers curriculum that ranges from 8 month diploma programs to 16-month Associate of Applied Science degree programs.
    • Has admissions professionals available to help students decide which diploma or degree program they should pursue.
    • Gives job placement assistance strengthened by relationships with local employers.
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    Chula Vista
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    • MS-Office
    • An accredited computer training academy preparing students to enter the IT industry as Network Engineers, Software Engineers, Web Apps Developer, Website Designers, Programmers, Database Administrators since 2000.
    • Holds A+ certification from CompTIA.
    • Located in Los Angeles, approximately 10 minutes away from LAX.
    • Flexible class schedules offered during day times, evenings and weekends.
    • Helping students start a career in technology within 3 - 9 months.
    • Educates with the mission to serve the needs of the local community and graduates by matching opportunities to skills.
    • Military friendly school.
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    Los Angeles
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    • A.S. - Health Sciences - Medical Administrative Assistant
    • Offers special tuition pricing for Veterans, Active Duty Military and spouses/qualifying dependents of all Active Duty, National Guard and Reserves.
    • Works closely with an advisory board from the medical community to ensure that their curriculum, equipment and instruction are current.
    • Allows students to complete assignments on the go with its Blackboard Learn mobile app.
    • Gives online students live student support for technical or course questions.
    • Has campus locations in Florida as well as online learning programs.
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    • Medical Administrative Specialist
    • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
    • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
    • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
    • 3 campuses in Southern California.
    • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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    Alhambra
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    • Certificate - Medical Office
    • Many programs require externships, allowing students to gain real-world experience.
    • Approved A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) since 1984.
    • Offers 22 accelerated, career-focused program options including business administration, medical assisting, and more.
    • Regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
    • 11 campuses across California, with an online division as well.
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    Ontario
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    • Certificate - Medical Office Administrative Assistant

    You can advance your career with a degree from Charter College Online. We offer several Associates and Bachelors degrees in the business, health care, accounting and legal fields. Our accelerated programs are designed to help you complete your degree as quickly as possible. We offer year-round classes and flexible scheduling - study anytime from anywhere. We help students get not only with the technical skills necessary for success, but also job search and placement assistance so you can find new opportunities after graduation.

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    • Computerized Office Specialist
    • Computerized Office & Accounting Specialist
    US Colleges
    • Offers health care and business programs that prepare students to enter the working field in as little as 8-16 weeks.
    • Provides morning, afternoon, and evening classes for most courses.
    • Offers career placement assistance to help students with their resumes, job-searching techniques, interview practice, and more.
    • Engages students through hands-on learning in labs, internships, and externships.  
    • Gives students the option to break up tuition costs into interest-free payments over the course of their education.  
       
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    Montclair
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    • AAS in Business Administration - Office Management
    Kaplan University
    • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
    • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
    • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
    • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
    • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.

    We have some additional detailed pages at the state level for Secretaries.

    Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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