An administrative professional performs a variety of administrative and clerical tasks to support the operations of an office or department. Usually, they also double as front desk staff, receptionist, or office manager, which entails additional duties.
The key responsibilities of an administrative professional typically revolve around handling correspondence (phone calls, emails, text messages, etc.), monitoring the inventory of office supplies, overseeing maintenance of office equipment, managing schedules, preparing presentation materials, and attending meetings on behalf of other employees. If they work at the front desk, they are also responsible for greeting guests, signing all visitors in, and receiving mail.
Most employers may require applicants to have a bachelor's degree in a relevant field for this role, but this is not always the case. High school graduates and applicants with associate's degrees may still qualify; however, they may need to have prior work experience.
The salary of an average administrative professional is around $38,000 per year. However, there are some administrative professionals that make up $71,000 annually, which are usually those that work for executives in large companies.