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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.

Florida Secretary Schools

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:

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville: Ranking among the top 25 most affordable public, four-year institutions, Florida State College at Jacksonville offers traditional as well as hybrid and online courses.

  • Indian River State College: Indian River State College offers over 150 different programs and was selected as a Top Ten National Finalist for the Aspen Prize for Excellence.

  • Miami Dade College: Miami Dade had the largest undergraduate enrollment of any college in the country in 2013 and boasts a 16% transfer student rate.

  • Palm Beach State College: Florida's first public community college, Palm Beach State College was founded in 1933 and has grown from three classrooms with 41 students to five campuses and 48,000 students.

  • Atlantic Technical College: Atlantic Technical College offers over 35 certificate and applied technology diploma programs as well as many continuing education courses.

  • Rasmussen College-Florida: Rasmussen College focuses on not only general education skills, but also innovative programs and a dynamic curriculum.

  • Suncoast Technical College: Suncoast Technical College sets itself apart with academic programs based on community members' input and demonstrated needs.

What to Expect from Florida Secretarial Programs

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:

  • Organizational skills
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Writing skills

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.

Florida Secretarial Certification and License

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.

Resources for Secretaries in Florida

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More Florida Secretary Training Schools

2016 Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

School Name
Campus
Highest Award
Enrolled
Cocoa
Associate
14,496
Clearwater
Masters
594
Miami
Associate
118
Hialeah
Associate
103
Hobe Sound
Bachelor
135
Jacksonville
Masters
333

Job Popularity in Metro Areas for Secretaries

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.

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, Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, BLS.gov

Metro Area
Jobs
Annual Median Salary
Jacksonville 11990 $32,770
Cape Coral-Fort Myers 5320 $33,100
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin 2430 $33,120
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach 5270 $31,020
Gainesville 2310 $31,620
Homosassa Springs 830 $27,240
Lakeland-Winter Haven 3990 $31,530
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach 57260 $34,910
Naples-Immokalee-Marco Island 2930 $35,620
North Port-Sarasota-Bradenton 6460 $32,550
Ocala 2420 $29,200
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford 21980 $34,390
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville 3920 $32,520
Panama City 1760 $32,320
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent 3560 $30,870
Port St. Lucie 3170 $31,410
Punta Gorda 1210 $30,240
Sebastian-Vero Beach 1250 $33,510
Sebring 610 $30,010
Tallahassee 4630 $33,440
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater 25010 $33,040
The Villages 520 $30,830

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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