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Executive Assistant Job Description and Earning Potential

What Will I Be Doing as an Executive Assistant?

Administrative assisting and executive assisting is one of the largest occupations nationwide, and in this field, you'll play an important role in keeping an office running smoothly. The job description of an administrative or executive assistant may vary from position to position, but the duties usually involve the following:

  • Managing the day-to-day operations of the office
  • Organizing and maintaining files and records
  • Planning and scheduling meetings and appointments
  • Managing projects and conducting research
  • Preparing and editing correspondence, reports, and presentations
  • Making travel and guest arrangements
  • Providing quality customer service
  • Working in a professional environment

Administrative assistants and executive assistants can be found working in schools, government agencies, and corporate settings across a broad range of industries.

How Much Can I Make as an Executive Assistant?

As in any other industry, administrative assistant and executive assistant pay rates vary by employer, specific position, geographic location, and experience. The U.S. Department of Labor reports that the middle 50% of administrative assistants earn between $25,350 and $39,440 a year.

With Career Step, you'll have the knowledge and skills to maximize your job opportunities and earning potential through certification. With training in either Microsoft Office 2010 or 2007, you'll be prepared to earn the Microsoft Office Specialist Master credential, proving your skills and experience to employers.

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