Administrative Careers

Administrative Careers Overview

Administrative Careers Overview

Administrative careers are clerical jobs, ones worked essentially behind the scenes to assist other positions by taking care of common, routine tasks. Whether the title is "secretary," "administrative assistant" or "office clerk," all these types of administrative careers have similar responsibilities such as answering phones, arranging meetings and scheduling appointments, maintaining files and databases and handling correspondence. Some administrative jobs may also include some simple bookkeeping duties, such as sending out invoices and balancing account spreadsheets.

Administrative Education

Most administrative careers don't require education beyond high school. Computer and office skills, such as filing and knowing how to properly format business correspondence, are a plus and enough to get your foot in the door for most administrative positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) points out that legal and medical secretaries often need to know terminology specific to their industries. Industry-specific lingo can be learned through technical school or community college courses. If you're aiming high and want to become an executive administrative or management assistant, a few college courses and even a bachelor's degree will look good on your resume.

Administrative Job Market

With the BLS projecting an average growth of 11 percent of all jobs over the next 10 years, administrative careers have a bit of an edge with a projected 12 percent increase between 2012 and 2022. Some administrative jobs are expected to do better than others. While executive administrative assistant jobs are expected to stall, even decreasing by 1 percent, medical secretary positions are expected to increase by 36 percent, up from 525,600 in 2012 to 714,900 by 2022.

Administrative Salaries

The average pay for administrative positions is around $35,330 per year. The pay can increase if you have the background to specialize, though. According to the BLS, legal secretaries' median salary is $42,170 and, if you take the time to get a degree or at least take a few college courses, executive administrative assistants average about $47,500 annually.

Top Companies for Administrative Careers

Advantage Resourcing

Edgewood, Maryland


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Sunnyvale, California


Job Title: Sales Engineer - Sunnyvale, CA Job Description: Job title: Sales Engineer Location: Sunnyvale, CA Duration: 12 months Position Description: Responsibilitie...

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Sunnyvale, California


Job Title: Operations Lead - Sunnyvale, CA Job Description: Job title: Operations Lead Location: Sunnyvale, CA Duration: 12 months Responsibilities: Understanding the...


Martinez, California


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University of South Florida - USF

Tampa, Florida, 33620


Systems Administrator I Dept. Number/Name: 0-3510-000 / Information Technology College Division: Info Tech-Information Tech Salary Plan: Administrative Job Code/Title:...

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Solon, Ohio


Job Title: Customer Care/Support - Solon, OH Job Description: Position : Customer Care/Support Location : Solon OH Duration : 10 months contract with extension. Recei...