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Executive Assistants

What they do?

Executive assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

A. Establish and co-ordinate administrative policies and procedures for officials, committees and boards of directors

B. Analyze incoming and outgoing memorandum, submissions and reports and prepare and co-ordinate the preparation and submission of summary briefs and reports to executives, committees and boards of directors

C. Prepare agendas and make arrangements for committee, board and other meetings

D. Conduct research, compile data, and prepare papers for consideration and presentation by executives, committees and boards of directors

E. Meet with individuals, special interest groups and others on behalf of executives, committees and boards of directors to discuss issues and assess and recommend various courses of action

F. Liaise with departmental and corporate officials and with other organizations and associations on behalf of executives, committees and boards of directors.

Where they find work?

1. Public administration - 18.0%
2. Finance and insurance - 11.0%
3. Health care and social assistance - 9.0%
4. Wholesale trade - 7.0%
5. Information and cultural industries - 6.0%
6. Other services (except public administration) - 6.0%
7. Educational services - 5.0%

What education do I need?

1. You must have a high school diploma.

2. You may also need a bachelor's degree in public administration, political science or a related discipline as well as experience in a related administrative occupation.

3. Most recent entrants have an undergraduate university degree, and almost 2 in 5 have a community college diploma.

High School Subject that will help:

1. English
2. Business
3. French

What can you expect to make:

The average hourly wages for Executive Assistants is $20.60/HR, which is above average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are close to average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at a below-average rate from 2002 to 2004.

Average Wage

Executive Assistants wages

Expected Wage by Age

Executive Assistants Wage By Age


3% of Executive Assistants are unemployed. This rate is close to the average for technical, professional, and skilled occupations.


Executive Assistants Unemployment

Trends in Unemployment

Executive Assistants Trends in Unemployment

Current Job Outlook:

The job outlook for Executive Assistants is considered Average because:

1. Employment grew at an average rate.

2. The retirement rate is above average, and the number of retiring workers contributes to job openings.

3. Hourly wages ($20.60) are close to the average ($18.07), and the rate of wage growth is below average.

4. The unemployment rate (3%) is close to the 2004 average (7%).

Future Job Prospects:

Your job outlook will continue to be Average because:

1. The employment growth rate will likely be average with some opportunities resulting from increasing competition in business/politics.

2. The retirement rate will likely be above average and the number of retiring workers should contribute to job openings.

3. The number of job seekers will likely match the number of job openings.

Highest Concetration:

The highest concentrations (per 10,000 people) of Executive Assistants are found in Alberta and Ontario while the lowest concentrations are in New Brunswick and Newfoundland.

Unionization Rate:

The unionization rate (19%) is below the average (32%) for all occupations.

Useful Experience:

1. Leadership

2. Computer literacy

3. Team work

Part Time Workers

Executive Assistants Part Time Workers

Part time workers:

9% of Executive Assistants are employed only on a part-time basis. There were 32,700 workers employed in these occupations in 2004, an increase of 74% since 1997.

Age Demographics

Executive Assistants Age Demographics

Age Demographics:

The relatively low percentage of younger workers suggests few entry-level job openings, and could point to a greater need for workers with experience or a number of years of training. The retirement rate to 2009 will likely be above average because of a tendency to retire at an earlier-than-average age (60).

Self Employed

Executive Assistants Self Employed

Self Employed:

Roughly 5% of Executive Assistants are self-employed. This is considered Average for the industry as a whole.

Men vs Women

Executive Assistants Men vs Women

Men vs Women:

97% of the individuals employed as Executive Assistants are women. Compared to other industries, this is Above average.