Secretaries perform administrative duties/clerical activities using office software and operating other office equipment.
Court recorders record verbatim proceedings of courts using stenomasks, electronic stenography machines or computerized recording equipment. They transcribe recorded proceedings according to established formats.
Medical transcriptionists record and trascribe surgical proceedings, medical reports and records from machine dictation or rough notes from medical reports, correspondence, and patient information.
1. Health care and social assistance - 19.0%
2. Educational services - 12.0%
3. Public administration - 10.0%
4. Legal services - 9.0%
5. Other services (except public administration) - 7.0%
6. Construction - 5.0%
7. Finance and insurance - 4.0%
1. To be a secretary (except legal and medical), you must have a high school diploma, and complete a one- to two-year college or other secretarial program, or have previous experience.
2. To be a legal secretary, you usually need a one- to two-year college program or other specialized course for secretaries or legal secretaries.
3. To be a medical secretary, you usually need a one- to two-year college program or other specialized course for secretaries or medical secretaries.
4. To be a court recorder or medical transcriptionist, you need a high school diploma. Court recorders must complete college or a program in court reporting. You may need a Certified Medical Transcriptionist (CMT) or Chartered Shorthand Reporter (CSR) certificate.
5. Almost 1 in 2 have a trade/vocational certificate, and 2 in 5 have a community college diploma.
2. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Secretaries, Recorders and Transcriptionists is $15.73/HR, which is close to the average for occupations in the business, finance and administration sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an above-average rate from 2002 to 2004.