The job outlook for Secretaries (Except Legal and Medical) is considered Below Average because:
1. Employment grew at a below-average rate.
2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.
3. Hourly wages ($15.53) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of the wage growth is close to the average.
4. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).