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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 2015

    Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

         
    Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Hoover 12450 $34,700
    Birmingham 12450 $34,700
    Huntsville 4570 $34,770
    Mobile 4270 $31,470
    Montgomery 3890 $33,570
    Tuscaloosa 2310 $32,920
    Fairhope 1880 $31,380
    Foley 1880 $31,380
    Daphne 1880 $31,380
    Opelika 1490 $33,480
    Auburn 1490 $33,480
    Florence 1310 $29,350
    Muscle Shoals 1310 $29,350
    Dothan 1290 $30,570
    Decatur 1140 $31,130
    Jacksonville 880 $31,670
    Anniston 880 $31,670
    Oxford 880 $31,670
    Gadsden 700 $29,100
         
    Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Anchorage 3550 $35,520
    Fairbanks 820 $38,070
         
    Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Scottsdale 28620 $34,010
    Mesa 28620 $34,010
    Phoenix 28620 $34,010
    Tucson 6240 $31,530
    Prescott 1120 $30,390
    Kingman 930 $28,880
    Lake Havasu City 930 $28,880
    Flagstaff 860 $31,580
    Yuma 790 $28,340
    Douglas 580 $26,520
    Sierra Vista 580 $26,520
         
    Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Conway 5470 $29,370
    North Little Rock 5470 $29,370
    Little Rock 5470 $29,370
    Jonesboro 700 $27,680
    Pine Bluff 620 $24,710
    Hot Springs 500 $25,750
         
    Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Los Angeles 80460 $38,240
    Anaheim 80460 $38,240
    Long Beach 80460 $38,240
    San Francisco 30170 $43,750
    Hayward 30170 $43,750
    Oakland 30170 $43,750
    San Diego 19300 $38,150
    Carlsbad 19300 $38,150
    Riverside 17320 $37,290
    San Bernardino 17320 $37,290
    Ontario 17320 $37,290
    Arden 12110 $35,900
    Arcade 12110 $35,900
    Roseville 12110 $35,900
    Sacramento 12110 $35,900
    Santa Clara 11280 $43,890
    Sunnyvale 11280 $43,890
    San Jose 11280 $43,890
    Fresno 4250 $33,140
    Thousand Oaks 4230 $37,610
    Ventura 4230 $37,610
    Oxnard 4230 $37,610
    Bakersfield 3470 $34,900
    Lodi 2770 $37,650
    Stockton 2770 $37,650
    Santa Rosa 2680 $39,770
    Santa Barbara 2440 $39,550
    Santa Maria 2440 $39,550
    Modesto 2340 $33,120
    Salinas 1900 $38,340
    Porterville 1800 $33,100
    Visalia 1800 $33,100
    Vallejo 1760 $37,020
    Fairfield 1760 $37,020
    Paso Robles 1710 $35,030
    Arroyo Grande 1710 $35,030
    San Luis Obispo 1710 $35,030
    Watsonville 1300 $36,930
    Santa Cruz 1300 $36,930
    Chico 1220 $34,250
    Napa 980 $37,600
    Redding 760 $30,170
    Merced 760 $34,970
    Yuba City 600 $32,920
    El Centro 580 $35,870
    Madera 480 $34,420
    Corcoran 370 $32,940
    Hanford 370 $32,940
         
    Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Aurora 29470 $37,460
    Lakewood 29470 $37,460
    Denver 29470 $37,460
    Colorado Springs 6050 $33,450
    Fort Collins 3810 $34,990
    Boulder 3410 $36,890
    Greeley 2360 $32,240
    Grand Junction 1740 $32,460
    Pueblo 1060 $33,100
         
    Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Hartford 10190 $42,980
    East Hartford 10190 $42,980
    West Hartford 10190 $42,980
    Bridgeport 8330 $41,200
    Norwalk 8330 $41,200
    Stamford 8330 $41,200
    New Haven 6320 $41,360
    Danbury 1490 $38,060
    Waterbury 1400 $34,900
         
    Metro Area (Delaware) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Dover 1410 $35,260
         
    Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    West Palm Beach 55670 $31,620
    Fort Lauderdale 55670 $31,620
    Miami 55670 $31,620
    Tampa 25200 $31,110
    St. Petersburg 25200 $31,110
    Clearwater 25200 $31,110
    Kissimmee 21220 $30,930
    Orlando 21220 $30,930
    Sanford 21220 $30,930
    Jacksonville 12210 $30,290
    Fort Myers 5670 $30,490
    Cape Coral 5670 $30,490
    Sarasota 5480 $30,650
    North Port 5480 $30,650
    Bradenton 5480 $30,650
    Ormond Beach 5450 $28,570
    Daytona Beach 5450 $28,570
    Deltona 5450 $28,570
    Tallahassee 5070 $30,360
    Palm Bay 3930 $30,060
    Melbourne 3930 $30,060
    Titusville 3930 $30,060
    Lakeland 3910 $28,900
    Winter Haven 3910 $28,900
    Brent 3670 $28,320
    Pensacola 3670 $28,320
    Ferry Pass 3670 $28,320
    Port St. Lucie 3450 $29,030
    Naples 3110 $32,570
    Marco Island 3110 $32,570
    Immokalee 3110 $32,570
    Ocala 2570 $27,110
    Gainesville 2500 $29,390
    Fort Walton Beach 2360 $31,310
    Crestview 2360 $31,310
    Destin 2360 $31,310
    Panama City 1470 $29,110
    Sebastian 1350 $31,340
    Vero Beach 1350 $31,340
    Punta Gorda 1310 $27,590
    Homosassa Springs 810 $27,040
    Sebring 620 $26,600
    The Villages 430 $27,210
         
    Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Roswell 34770 $35,050
    Sandy Springs 34770 $35,050
    Atlanta 34770 $35,050
    Savannah 3670 $34,310
    Macon 1510 $29,090
    Clarke County 1410 $33,270
    Athens 1410 $33,270
    Gainesville 1200 $32,690
    Dalton 950 $30,670
    Albany 920 $26,710
    Valdosta 840 $26,970
    Warner Robins 640 $30,620
    Brunswick 530 $28,940
    Rome 530 $29,310
    Hinesville 200 $31,220
         
    Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Urban Honolulu 7480 $39,560
    Lahaina 870 $34,720
    Wailuku 870 $34,720
    Kahului 870 $34,720
         
    Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Boise City 4300 $29,960
    Idaho Falls 900 $29,380
    Coeur d'Alene 750 $30,090
    Pocatello 620 $28,730
         
    Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Peoria 2720 $29,380
    Rockford 2300 $31,610
    Bloomington 1770 $35,170
    Springfield 1600 $32,670
    Urbana 1420 $33,340
    Champaign 1420 $33,340
    Decatur 850 $28,040
    Carbondale 790 $26,790
    Marion 790 $26,790
    Kankakee 610 $29,930
    Danville 440 $29,340
         
    Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Anderson 11980 $34,690
    Indianapolis 11980 $34,690
    Carmel 11980 $34,690
    Fort Wayne 2790 $33,380
    West Lafayette 1670 $30,370
    Lafayette 1670 $30,370
    Terre Haute 1170 $29,140
    Goshen 770 $31,140
    Elkhart 770 $31,140
    Bloomington 770 $32,460
    La Porte 620 $30,080
    Michigan City 620 $30,080
    Muncie 570 $33,840
    Kokomo 420 $28,240
    Columbus 370 $29,730
         
    Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    West Des Moines 3430 $35,700
    Des Moines 3430 $35,700
    Cedar Rapids 1630 $28,870
    Iowa City 1370 $36,800
    Cedar Falls 1010 $30,880
    Waterloo 1010 $30,880
    Dubuque 780 $29,160
    Ames 620 $39,840
         
    Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Wichita 5270 $30,610
    Topeka 2590 $31,150
    Lawrence 1320 $30,720
    Manhattan 1100 $28,550
         
    Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Lexington 4270 $33,960
    Fayette 4270 $33,960
    Bowling Green 1270 $27,020
    Fort Knox 900 $27,880
    Elizabethtown 900 $27,880
    Owensboro 880 $27,670
         
    Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    New Orleans 8960 $31,310
    Metairie 8960 $31,310
    Baton Rouge 6880 $28,590
    Lafayette 3530 $28,020
    Shreveport 3150 $27,880
    Bossier City 3150 $27,880
    Thibodaux 1730 $26,930
    Houma 1730 $26,930
    Lake Charles 1570 $26,640
    Monroe 1520 $27,480
    Alexandria 1240 $25,820
    Hammond 780 $28,460
         
    Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    South Portland 2910 $35,520
    Portland 2910 $35,520
    Bangor 1370 $31,150
    Auburn 830 $30,260
    Lewiston 830 $30,260
         
    Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Baltimore 31170 $37,840
    Towson 31170 $37,840
    Columbia 31170 $37,840
    Lexington Park 1190 $40,310
    California 1190 $40,310
         
    Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Barnstable Town 1220 $40,340
    New Bedford 580 $34,840
    Leominster 540 $37,230
    Gardner 540 $37,230
    Pittsfield 500 $37,270
         
    Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Warren 21720 $34,320
    Detroit 21720 $34,320
    Dearborn 21720 $34,320
    Wyoming 6510 $31,210
    Grand Rapids 6510 $31,210
    East Lansing 3970 $38,100
    Lansing 3970 $38,100
    Ann Arbor 2010 $36,490
    Flint 1900 $30,340
    Portage 1650 $30,860
    Kalamazoo 1650 $30,860
    Saginaw 1130 $31,750
    Muskegon 840 $31,360
    Benton Harbor 830 $29,610
    Niles 830 $29,610
    Jackson 760 $31,660
    Battle Creek 750 $32,400
    Monroe 570 $33,020
    Bay City 480 $28,250
    Midland 440 $33,060
         
    Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    St. Cloud 1290 $37,050
    Rochester 1130 $36,200
    North Mankato 550 $35,590
    Mankato 550 $35,590
         
    Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Jackson 6080 $29,650
    Gulfport 3140 $30,740
    Pascagoula 3140 $30,740
    Biloxi 3140 $30,740
    Hattiesburg 1280 $27,560
         
    Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Springfield 4880 $28,810
    Columbia 2690 $30,930
    Jefferson City 2280 $28,580
    Joplin 1690 $25,770
         
    Metro Area (Montana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Billings 1560 $29,690
    Missoula 1100 $26,560
    Great Falls 580 $29,330
         
    Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Lincoln 2840 $33,200
    Grand Island 700 $29,610
         
    Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Paradise 9350 $35,880
    Henderson 9350 $35,880
    Las Vegas 9350 $35,880
    Reno 2690 $35,120
    Carson City 970 $35,410
         
    Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Manchester 1830 $33,120
         
    Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Trenton 4220 $46,540
    Atlantic City 1610 $37,460
    Hammonton 1610 $37,460
    Vineland 780 $36,350
    Bridgeton 780 $36,350
    Ocean City 670 $34,740
         
    Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Albuquerque 9430 $31,000
    Las Cruces 1820 $28,580
    Farmington 1420 $31,890
    Santa Fe 1410 $33,220
         
    Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Rochester 13550 $34,290
    Cheektowaga 11060 $33,520
    Niagara Falls 11060 $33,520
    Buffalo 11060 $33,520
    Albany 10090 $37,340
    Troy 10090 $37,340
    Schenectady 10090 $37,340
    Syracuse 6280 $34,390
    Utica 2300 $32,810
    Rome 2300 $32,810
    Ithaca 2110 $43,730
    Binghamton 1990 $34,260
    Kingston 1450 $35,980
    Glens Falls 1040 $32,310
    Fort Drum 830 $32,280
    Watertown 830 $32,280
    Elmira 630 $33,560
         
    Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Raleigh 9150 $34,640
    Chapel Hill 5710 $37,340
    Durham 5710 $37,340
    High Point 4470 $33,880
    Greensboro 4470 $33,880
    Winston 3500 $34,170
    Salem 3500 $34,170
    Asheville 2690 $33,110
    Morganton 1720 $31,200
    Lenoir 1720 $31,200
    Hickory 1720 $31,200
    Greenville 1710 $32,840
    Wilmington 1550 $31,050
    Fayetteville 1440 $29,870
    Rocky Mount 860 $33,160
    New Bern 720 $30,350
    Burlington 710 $32,200
    Jacksonville 580 $30,520
    Goldsboro 480 $31,400
         
    Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Bismarck 1190 $34,330
         
    Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Elyria 16980 $33,870
    Cleveland 16980 $33,870
    Columbus 12080 $34,610
    Dayton 5140 $33,390
    Akron 5040 $34,070
    Toledo 3920 $32,010
    Canton 2150 $30,040
    Massillon 2150 $30,040
    Springfield 720 $29,800
    Lima 720 $29,910
    Mansfield 690 $29,740
         
    Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Oklahoma City 8820 $31,340
    Tulsa 6560 $30,430
    Lawton 790 $28,100
         
    Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Salem 3090 $34,960
    Eugene 2240 $32,020
    Medford 1020 $31,670
    Redmond 970 $31,530
    Bend 970 $31,530
    Corvallis 870 $35,100
    Albany 600 $33,470
    Grants Pass 370 $25,510
         
    Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Pittsburgh 22080 $32,940
    Harrisburg 6240 $34,690
    Carlisle 6240 $34,690
    Wilkes 4310 $30,460
    Barre 4310 $30,460
    Hazleton 4310 $30,460
    Scranton 4310 $30,460
    Lancaster 4100 $32,760
    York 3010 $31,710
    Hanover 3010 $31,710
    Reading 2890 $33,490
    State College 2020 $31,530
    Erie 2010 $29,510
    Chambersburg 1170 $28,950
    Waynesboro 1170 $28,950
    Altoona 1170 $29,140
    Johnstown 1130 $27,530
    East Stroudsburg 1080 $32,180
    Williamsport 1000 $30,600
    Lebanon 900 $29,970
    Gettysburg 770 $30,300
    Bloomsburg 760 $28,870
    Berwick 760 $28,870
         
    Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Carolina 17900 $19,440
    Caguas 17900 $19,440
    San Juan 17900 $19,440
    Ponce 1990 $18,150
    Isabela 1720 $17,900
    Aguadilla 1720 $17,900
    Mayag�ez 1040 $18,560
    Arecibo 880 $18,690
    San Germ�n 560 $18,240
    Guayama 250 $18,010
         
    Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Anderson 8060 $30,320
    Mauldin 8060 $30,320
    Greenville 8060 $30,320
    Columbia 7920 $30,870
    Charleston 5700 $32,930
    North Charleston 5700 $32,930
    Spartanburg 2900 $30,510
    Florence 1490 $28,580
    Bluffton 1210 $26,670
    Beaufort 1210 $26,670
    Hilton Head Island 1210 $26,670
    Sumter 470 $33,410
         
    Metro Area (South Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Sioux Falls 1500 $28,310
    Rapid City 990 $27,130
         
    Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Murfreesboro 16240 $31,120
    Franklin 16240 $31,120
    Davidson 16240 $31,120
    Nashville 16240 $31,120
    Knoxville 7560 $29,020
    Jackson 1410 $27,920
    Johnson City 1410 $30,180
    Morristown 900 $26,170
    Cleveland 720 $28,840
         
    Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Fort Worth 43280 $33,250
    Dallas 43280 $33,250
    Arlington 43280 $33,250
    The Woodlands 43160 $34,100
    Sugar Land 43160 $34,100
    Houston 43160 $34,100
    Austin 20630 $32,990
    Round Rock 20630 $32,990
    New Braunfels 13630 $31,670
    San Antonio 13630 $31,670
    El Paso 4800 $26,670
    McAllen 4580 $23,080
    Edinburg 4580 $23,080
    Mission 4580 $23,080
    Beaumont 2730 $28,860
    Port Arthur 2730 $28,860
    Corpus Christi 2730 $30,170
    Harlingen 2500 $25,080
    Brownsville 2500 $25,080
    Amarillo 2360 $28,660
    Lubbock 2340 $27,270
    Killeen 2150 $27,750
    Temple 2150 $27,750
    Waco 2000 $28,080
    Bryan 2000 $31,770
    College Station 2000 $31,770
    Longview 1660 $27,960
    Midland 1630 $33,530
    Laredo 1590 $24,550
    Tyler 1580 $29,900
    Abilene 1220 $27,450
    Odessa 1140 $32,590
    Wichita Falls 890 $27,580
    San Angelo 850 $27,690
    Victoria 740 $28,550
    Sherman 600 $29,720
    Denison 600 $29,720
         
    Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Salt Lake City 12820 $33,040
    Clearfield 4910 $29,690
    Ogden 4910 $29,690
    Provo 4820 $28,920
    Orem 4820 $28,920
    St. George 1660 $28,830
         
    Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    South Burlington 1940 $36,030
    Burlington 1940 $36,030
         
    Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Richmond 7060 $35,120
    Roanoke 1830 $31,970
    Charlottesville 1390 $35,720
    Lynchburg 1140 $27,920
    Radford 680 $29,570
    Christiansburg 680 $29,570
    Blacksburg 680 $29,570
    Waynesboro 610 $30,930
    Staunton 610 $30,930
    Harrisonburg 490 $30,490
         
    Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Tacoma 19990 $41,330
    Seattle 19990 $41,330
    Bellevue 19990 $41,330
    Spokane 3160 $34,530
    Spokane Valley 3160 $34,530
    Tumwater 2380 $41,080
    Olympia 2380 $41,080
    Richland 1620 $37,460
    Kennewick 1620 $37,460
    Yakima 1320 $35,570
    Bellingham 1260 $35,960
    Bremerton 1150 $38,190
    Silverdale 1150 $38,190
    Wenatchee 670 $35,920
    Mount Vernon 630 $38,280
    Anacortes 630 $38,280
    Longview 520 $35,220
    Walla Walla 500 $33,840
         
    Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Charleston 2130 $31,940
    Morgantown 1130 $29,140
    Vienna 610 $28,250
    Parkersburg 610 $28,250
    Beckley 590 $26,860
         
    Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Waukesha 6320 $39,110
    West Allis 6320 $39,110
    Milwaukee 6320 $39,110
    Madison 2750 $36,570
    Appleton 1190 $33,780
    Green Bay 980 $34,330
    Neenah 720 $34,070
    Oshkosh 720 $34,070
    Eau Claire 540 $34,930
    Janesville 490 $33,160
    Beloit 490 $33,160
    Sheboygan 480 $37,670
    Racine 420 $34,090
    Wausau 340 $33,190
    Fond du Lac 300 $32,520
         
    Metro Area (Wyoming) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
    Casper 750 $35,670
    Cheyenne 740 $33,290

    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.

    Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

    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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