Secretaries perform some or all of the following duties:
A. Record and prepare minutes of meetings
B. Arrange travel schedules and make reservations
C. May compile data, statistics and other information and may conduct research
D. May organize conferences
E. May supervise and train other staff in procedures and in use of current software.
F. Prepare, key in, edit and proofread correspondence, invoices, presentations, brochures, publications, reports and related material from shorthand, machine dictation and handwritten copy using computers
G. Open and distribute incoming regular and electronic mail and other material and co-ordinate the flow of information internally and with other departments and organizations
1. Educational services - 16.0%
2. Public administration - 11.0%
3. Other services (except public administration) - 9.0%
4. Health care and social assistance - 9.0%
5. Construction - 7.0%
6. Finance and insurance - 6.0%
7. Wholesale trade - 5.0%
1. Completion of secondary school is usually required.
2. Completion of a one- or two-year college or other program for secretaries or Previous clerical experience is required.
3. Most recent entrants have a trade/vocational certificate, and almost 3 in 10 have a community college diploma.
2. Computer-related courses
The average hourly wages for Secretaries (Except Legal and Medical) is $15.53/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 average rate from 2002 to 2004.