New York Secretary Training Programs and Schools

Career Information for Secretaries in New York

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


  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

Schools for Secretaries in New York are listed below.

Selected Secretary Training Schools in New York

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More New York Secretary Training Schools

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
Concordia College Bronxville Bachelor 708
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

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:

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.

Metro Area Jobs Salary

New York

Albany 10090 $37340 1.39
Schenectady 10090 $37340 1.39
Troy 10090 $37340 1.39
Glens Falls 1040 $32310 1.22
Ithaca 2110 $43730 2.57
Buffalo 11060 $33520 1.23
Cheektowaga 11060 $33520 1.23
Niagara Falls 11060 $33520 1.23
Binghamton 1990 $34260 1.18
Elmira 630 $33560 1.05
Kingston 1450 $35980 1.5
Rochester 13550 $34290 1.61
Syracuse 6280 $34390 1.26
Utica 2300 $32810 1.17
Rome 2300 $32810 1.17
Watertown 830 $32280 1.2
Fort Drum 830 $32280 1.2
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