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.
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:
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:
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 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.
Schools for Secretaries in New York are listed below.
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This list also contains online schools that accept students from New York.
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|School Name||Campus||Highest Award||Enrolled|
|Bramson ORT College||Forest Hills||Associate||549|
|CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College||New York||Associate||19,259|
|CUNY Bronx Community College||Bronx||Associate||9,003|
|CUNY Hostos Community College||Bronx||Associate||5,112|
|CUNY Kingsborough Community College||Brooklyn||Associate||14,962|
|CUNY LaGuardia Community College||Long Island City||Associate||15,169|
|CUNY Queensborough Community College||Bayside||Associate||13,359|
|Clinton Community College||Plattsburgh||Associate||2,120|
|Columbia-Greene Community College||Hudson||Associate||1,823|
|Corning Community College||Corning||Associate||5,072|
|Erie Community College||Buffalo||Associate||13,053|
|Finger Lakes Community College||Canandaigua||Associate||5,351|
|Fordham University||Bronx||Doctorate & First Professional||14,448|
|Fulton-Montgomery Community College||Johnstown||Associate||2,235|
|Genesee Community College||Batavia||Associate||6,472|
|Jamestown Business College||Jamestown||Bachelor||253|
|Jamestown Community College||Jamestown||Associate||3,361|
|Jefferson Community College||Watertown||Associate||3,191|
|Mildred Elley School||Albany||Associate||396|
|Mohawk Valley Community College-Utica Branch||Utica||Associate||6,044|
|Monroe Community College||Rochester||Associate||17,482|
|Morrisville State College||Morrisville||Bachelor||3,388|
|Nassau Community College||Garden City||Associate||21,483|
|Niagara County Community College||Sanborn||Associate||6,331|
|North Country Community College||Saranac Lake||Associate||1,739|
|Onondaga Community College||Syracuse||Associate||10,637|
|Orange County Community College||Middletown||Associate||6,602|
|Professional Business College||New York||Associate||673|
|Rochester Institute of Technology||Rochester||Doctorate||14,849|
|SUNY College of Technology at Canton||Canton||Bachelor||2,737|
|SUNY Westchester Community College||Valhalla||Associate||12,073|
|Suffolk County Community College||Selden||Associate||22,092|
|Sullivan County Community College||Loch Sheldrake||Associate||1,611|
|Tompkins-Cortland Community College||Dryden||Associate||3,213|
|Ulster County Community College||Stone Ridge||Associate||3,298|
|Utica School of Commerce||Utica||Associate||403|
|Villa Maria College Buffalo||Buffalo||Bachelor||455|
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.
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.
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