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Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

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Perform routine clerical and administrative functions such as drafting correspondence, scheduling appointments, organizing and maintaining paper and electronic files, or providing information to callers.

    Work Activities
    • Answer telephones and give information to callers, take messages, or transfer calls to appropriate individuals.
    • Greet visitors or callers and handle their inquiries or direct them to the appropriate persons according to their needs.
    • Create, maintain, and enter information into databases.
    • Use computers for various applications, such as database management or word processing.
    • Perform payroll functions, such as maintaining timekeeping information and processing and submitting payroll.
    • Collect and deposit money into accounts, disburse funds from cash accounts to pay bills or invoices, keep records of collections and disbursements, and ensure accounts are balanced.
    • Operate office equipment, such as fax machines, copiers, or phone systems and arrange for repairs when equipment malfunctions.
    • Set up and manage paper or electronic filing systems, recording information, updating paperwork, or maintaining documents, such as attendance records, correspondence, or other material.
    • Operate electronic mail systems and coordinate the flow of information, internally or with other organizations.
    • Schedule and confirm appointments for clients, customers, or supervisors.
    • Maintain scheduling and event calendars.
    • Compose, type, and distribute meeting notes, routine correspondence, or reports, such as presentations or expense, statistical, or monthly reports.
    • Complete forms in accordance with company procedures.
    • Provide services to customers, such as order placement or account information.
    • Establish work procedures or schedules and keep track of the daily work of clerical staff.
    • Prepare and mail checks.
    • Locate and attach appropriate files to incoming correspondence requiring replies.
    • Arrange conference, meeting, or travel reservations for office personnel.
    • Conduct searches to find needed information, using such sources as the Internet.
    • Open, read, route, and distribute incoming mail or other materials and answer routine letters.
    • Supervise other clerical staff and provide training and orientation to new staff.
    • Review work done by others to check for correct spelling and grammar, ensure that company format policies are followed, and recommend revisions.
    • Make copies of correspondence or other printed material.
    • Manage projects or contribute to committee or team work.
    • Coordinate conferences, meetings, or special events, such as luncheons or graduation ceremonies.
    • Learn to operate new office technologies as they are developed and implemented.
    • Mail newsletters, promotional material, or other information.
    • Train and assist staff with computer usage.
    • Take dictation in shorthand or by machine and transcribe information.
    • Order and dispense supplies.
    • Prepare conference or event materials, such as flyers or invitations.
    • Develop or maintain internal or external company Web sites.
    Skills
    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®
    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4
    Abilities
    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge
    • Clerical

      Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay
    • Ohio Annual Salary $36,230/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.42/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage
    Ohio Employment Trends
    • Currently Employed 83,500
    • Yearly Projected Openings 7,760
    Typical Education
    Personality
    Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Integrity
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Self Control
    Tools
    • Special purpose telephones
    • Scanners
    • Photocopiers
    • Pagers
    • Mobile phones
    Technology
    • Operating system software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Enterprise resource planning ERP software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Data base management system software
    Tags
    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.