Administrative Assistant

Job Description :
Administrative Assistants, which are sometimes called "Secretaries" will be found in any and every organization out there. An administrative Assistant takes care of many important tasks that make things run smoothly such as: sending correspndence, organizing their bosses, setting meeting dates and much more. Tasks of the Assistants can vary depending on how much responsibility the boss expects the Assistant to have, and the size of the conmpany. The workload can be slightly different with each corpoartion but the workload usually always involves keeping an office organized, and typing memos. Office Assistants are a vital part of keeping things running smoothly. Without them, things would probably crash and burn.

Training and Education:
Just like any other occupation, the requirements can vary depending on the position applied for and the employer. Although there are plenty of positions that only require a high school diploma, these jobs have a smaller salary. To be elgable to apply for a higher paying job, the completion of a college level course. These courses can take anywhere from 2 months to 2 years. Obviously the 2 month courses are basic, while the longer courses are far more in depth and better to have under your belt when looking for a position with a large company. Some programs offer "Short Placement Programs" with a company so you can get experience, and gain contacts that higher your chances of finding placement upon completion of the course.

Salaries & Benefits
Administrative Assistants earnings will vary to many different factors such as location, experience, education, etc. Ususally, entry level Assistants make earn between $20,000 and $30,000 a year. People with a few years experience can earn $30,000 - $45,000
a year. Administrative assistants with many years of experience who work for senior-level executives may earn as much as $75,000 or more a year. Many administrative assistants also receive paid vacactions, detanl and medical insurance coverage, and pension plan contributions.
Working Conditions
The Assistants will work in offices. Depending on the size of the corporation, their deks may be in small cubicles, shared offices with other assistants, or depending on how long they've been with the company, they may have their own office. They spend most of the day at their desk, sitting for long periods of time, typing memos and answer telephones. Sitting down all day may sound easy, but those who spend alot of time typing can develop problems of backache, eyestrain, and carpal tunnelo syndrome. Most AA's have regular 9-5, Monday to Friday hours. Sometimes the boss may prefer to work long hours, and like their Assistants with them. They usually gt between 15-25 vacation days a year.


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