Some of the skills we found on administrative assistant resumes included "customer service," "data entry," and "communication." We have detailed the most important administrative assistant responsibilities below.
Before becoming an administrative assistant, 38.0% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 3.5% administrative assistants went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be possible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, some administrative assistants have a college degree. But about one out of every four administrative assistants didn't attend college at all.
Those administrative assistants who do attend college, typically earn either a business degree or a psychology degree. Less commonly earned degrees for administrative assistants include a accounting degree or a health care administration degree.
Once you're ready to become an administrative assistant, you should explore the companies that typically hire administrative assistants. According to administrative assistant resumes that we searched through, administrative assistants are hired the most by Robert Half International, Aerotek, and Kelly Services. Currently, Robert Half International has 392 administrative assistant job openings, while there are 70 at Aerotek and 58 at Kelly Services.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, administrative assistants tend to earn the biggest salaries at Friendship Village Tempe, Freedom Park, and SNI Companies. Take Friendship Village Tempe for example. The median administrative assistant salary is $64,509. At Freedom Park, administrative assistants earn an average of $57,159, while the average at SNI Companies is $54,594. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
Some other companies you might be interested in as a administrative assistant include University of California Press, United States Army, and Kelly Services. These three companies were found to hire the most administrative assistants from the top 100 U.S. educational institutions.
In general, administrative assistants fulfill roles in the education and finance industries. While employment numbers are high in those industries, the administrative assistant annual salary is the highest in the health care industry with $35,874 as the average salary. Meanwhile, the retail and manufacturing industries pay $34,871 and $33,845 respectively. This means that administrative assistants who are employed in the health care industry make 12.2% more than administrative assistants who work in the government Industry.