Secretaries and administrative assistants take care of the clerical and administrative duties a business is required to stay on top of and are typically located in an office setting. Their tasks might revolve around replying to emails, answering phones, sending memos, and other related tasks.
Each task that a secretary and administrative assistant performs is helpful to the efficiency and overall success of the business. Though on-the-job training is important, secretaries and administrative assistants may also consider earning a degree or certification from a Florida secretary school. Here are a few examples of schools you could check out:
Secretarial training typically covers topics such as general knowledge of programs like word processors, spreadsheets, and database software. Navigation of programs like Microsoft Word and Excel are also common, as well as PowerPoint. Development of a reasonable typing speed may also be included.
Typical skills crucial for a secretary position are:
More detailed training tasks might cover answering performing basic bookkeeping, telephones and taking messages, maintaining databases and filing systems both electronic and paper, scheduling appointments, arranging meetings, preparing memos, editing documents, handle incoming and outgoing mail and faxes, etc.
The state of Florida does not have a licensing requirement for secretary positions. Earning certification though does have the potential to validate your aptitude in the position to employers.
For general secretaries, the International Association of Administrative Professionals offers certification the Certified Administrative Professional or CAP, in the area of office administration. To take the qualifying exam, candidates must have obtained a college degree (or equivalent work experience) as along with relevant work experience.
Legal secretaries have several certification options. The Accredited Legal Professional or ALP certification, offered by the National Association of Legal Secretaries, is available if you have at least a year of office experience. The NALS also offer Professional Legal Secretary certification, widely viewed as an even more renowned certification.
Legal secretaries additionally have the opportunity to obtain the Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) certification, which is offered by Legal Secretaries International. This certification however will often require both passing the exam as well as having at least five years of legal experience.
Schools for Secretaries in Florida are listed below.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Brevard Community College||Cocoa||Associate||14,496|
|Clearwater Christian College||Clearwater||Masters||594|
|College of Business and Technology-Flagler Campus||Miami||Associate||118|
|College of Business and Technology-Hialeah Campus||Hialeah||Associate||103|
|Hobe Sound Bible College||Hobe Sound||Bachelor||135|
|Trinity Baptist College||Jacksonville||Masters||333|
The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for Florida. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.
Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Secretaries relative to the population of the city, as of 2008. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A Relative Popularity of 1.0 means that the city has an average number of the particular job, for its population, compared to the rest of the US. Higher numbers mean proportionally more jobs of that type.
|Fort Walton Beach||2360||$31310||1.41|
|Port St. Lucie||3450||$29030||1.58|
|West Palm Beach||55670||$31620||1.38|
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