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Secretaries and administrative assistants take care of a variety of clerical and administrative duties each business requires and usually perform these duties in an office setting. Some tasks might involve answering phones, replying to emails, sending memos, or performing other related tasks.

New York Secretary Schools

The state of New York has a large number of public and private schools of higher education. Though there's no one path to becoming a secretary or administrative assistant, it may be a good idea to consider attending a school or program to prepare you for the workforce. Here are a few examples of New York secretary schools:

  • Concordia College: Named one of the best regional colleges in the North Region by the US News & World Report, Concordia is a four-year institution founded in 1881.

  • CUNY Bronx Community College: Offering more than 30 academic programs and specializing in transfer to four-year colleges, the CUNY Bronx campus was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2012.

  • Dutchess Community College: Dutchess Community College has been active for over 50 years and has a reputation for being one of the best community colleges in the state.

  • Erie Community College: High quality, affordable education is Erie Community College's goal and flexible educational options give students a wealth of choices for how they learn.

  • Monroe Community College: Monroe Community College is ranked among the top 25 U.S. community colleges by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Educations Statistics.

  • Nassau Community College: Part of the SUNY system, Nassau offers day, evening, weekend, online, continuing and professional programs.

  • Rochester Institute of Technology: Privately owned and founded in 1829, Rochester Institute of Technology has nine colleges emphasizing career education and experiential learning.

  • SUNY Westchester Community College: Founded in 1946, Westchester Community College has approximately 13,000 full and part-time students, making it the county's largest educational institution.

What to Expect from New York Secretarial Programs

Programs focusing on secretarial training typically center on navigating and using word processors, spreadsheets, and database software. Programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are generally found in most offices. Coursework might also involve improving typing speed.

A few skills for a successful secretarial career include:

  • Writing skills
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Integrity
  • Organizational skills

Training might include development of knowledge related to arranging meetings, preparing memos, answering telephones and taking messages, scheduling appointments, handling incoming and outgoing mail and faxes, editing documents, maintaining databases and filing systems both electronic and paper, performing basic bookkeeping, etc.

New York Secretarial License

New York state does not require official licensing become a secretary. Earning certification however may show employers advanced skills for the role.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals provides an office administration certification called the Certified Administrative Professional or CAP for general secretaries. Candidates must first obtain a college degree (or equivalent work experience) as well obtained relevant work experience in order to take the qualifying exam.

There are a few certification routes for legal secretaries. The National Association of Legal Secretaries offers the Accredited Legal Professional or ALP certification as long as you've obtained at least 1 year of office experience. The next step offered by the association is the Professional Legal Secretary certification, regarded as a more advanced certification.

The Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) is also available to legal secretaries, offered by Legal Secretaries International, though a prerequisite of at least five years of legal experience is required to take the exam.

Resources for Secretaries in New York

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More New York Secretary Training Schools

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

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Forest Hills
Associate
549
New York
Associate
19,259
Bronx
Associate
9,003
Bronx
Associate
5,112
Brooklyn
Associate
14,962
Long Island City
Associate
15,169
Bayside
Associate
13,359
Plattsburgh
Associate
2,120
Hudson
Associate
1,823
Bronxville
Bachelor
708
Corning
Associate
5,072
Buffalo
Associate
13,053
Canandaigua
Associate
5,351
Bronx
Doctorate & First Professional
14,448
Johnstown
Associate
2,235
Batavia
Associate
6,472
Jamestown
Bachelor
253
Jamestown
Associate
3,361
Watertown
Associate
3,191
Albany
Associate
396
Utica
Associate
6,044
Rochester
Associate
17,482
Morrisville
Bachelor
3,388
Garden City
Associate
21,483
Sanborn
Associate
6,331
Saranac Lake
Associate
1,739
Syracuse
Associate
10,637
Middletown
Associate
6,602
New York
Associate
673
Rochester
Doctorate
14,849
Canton
Bachelor
2,737
Valhalla
Associate
12,073
Selden
Associate
22,092
Loch Sheldrake
Associate
1,611
Dryden
Associate
3,213
Stone Ridge
Associate
3,298
Utica
Associate
403
Buffalo
Bachelor
455

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Secretaries

The map below shows job statistics for the career type by metro area, for New York. A table below the map shows job popularity and salaries across the state.

Metro Areas Rated for Popularity for:
Secretaries

Listed below are metro areas ranked by the popularity of jobs for Secretaries relative to the population of the city. Salary data was obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Albany 10170 $38,210
Schenectady 10170 $38,210
Troy 10170 $38,210
Ithaca 2140 $45,400
Buffalo 10510 $34,050
Cheektowaga 10510 $34,050
Niagara Falls 10510 $34,050
Binghamton 2150 $34,720
Elmira 630 $34,530
Glens Falls 980 $33,050
Kingston 1460 $36,740
Rochester 12480 $35,790
Syracuse 6130 $35,660
Utica 2300 $33,340
Rome 2300 $33,340
Watertown 840 $31,520
Fort Drum 840 $31,520

Sources:

  1. Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2016-17 Edition, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/office-and-administrative-support/secretaries-and-administrative-assistants.htm#tab-4 accessed September 17, 2016

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