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Working As An Assistant Account Executive

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $47,161

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Account Executive Do

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other staff.

Duties

Secretaries and administrative assistants typically do the following:

  • Answer telephones and take messages or transfer calls
  • Schedule appointments and update event calendars
  • Arrange staff meetings
  • Handle incoming and outgoing mail and faxes
  • Prepare memos, invoices, or other reports
  • Edit documents
  • Maintain databases and filing systems, whether electronic or paper
  • Perform basic bookkeeping

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties that are necessary to run an organization efficiently. They use computer software to create spreadsheets; manage databases; and prepare presentations, reports, and documents. They also may negotiate with vendors, buy supplies, and manage stockrooms or corporate libraries. Secretaries and administrative assistants also use videoconferencing, fax, and other office equipment. Specific job duties vary by experience, job title, and specialty.

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants provide high-level administrative support for an office and for top executives of an organization. They often handle more complex responsibilities, such as reviewing incoming documents, conducting research, and preparing reports. Some also supervise clerical staff.

Legal secretaries perform work requiring knowledge of legal terminology and procedures. They prepare legal documents, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas under the supervision of an attorney or a paralegal. They also review legal journals and help with legal research—for example, by verifying quotes and citations in legal briefs.

Medical secretaries transcribe dictation and prepare reports or articles for physicians or medical scientists. They also take simple medical histories of patients, arrange for patients to be hospitalized, or process insurance payments. Medical secretaries need to be familiar with medical terminology and codes, medical records, and hospital or laboratory procedures.

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is the largest subcategory of secretaries and administrative assistants. They handle an office’s administrative activities in almost every sector of the economy, including schools, government, and private corporations. For example, secretaries in schools are often responsible for handling most of the communications among parents, students, the community, teachers, and school administrators. They schedule appointments, receive visitors, and keep track of students’ records.

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How To Become An Assistant Account Executive

High school graduates who have experience using computer software applications, such as word processing and spreadsheets, usually qualify for entry-level positions. Although most secretaries learn their job in several weeks, many legal and medical secretaries require additional training to learn industry-specific terminology. Executive secretaries usually need several years of related work experience.

Education

High school graduates can take courses in word processing and office procedures at technical schools or community colleges. Some temporary placement agencies also provide training in word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.

Some medical and legal secretaries learn industry-specific terminology and practices by attending courses offered at community colleges or technical schools. For executive secretary positions, employers increasingly prefer to hire those who have taken some college courses or have a bachelor’s degree.

Training

Secretaries and administrative assistants typically learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks. During this time they learn about administrative procedures, including how to prepare documents. Medical and legal secretaries’ training may last several months as they learn industry-specific terminology and practices.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Executive secretaries can gain experience by working in administrative positions that have less challenging responsibilities. Many secretaries and administrative assistants advance to higher level administrative positions.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate competency to employers.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals offers the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certification. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 to 4 years of administrative work experience, depending on their level of education, and pass an examination.

Legal secretaries have several certification options. For example, those with 1 year of general office experience, or who have completed an approved training course, can acquire the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) certification through a testing process administered by NALS (previously known as National Association of Legal Secretaries). NALS also offers the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) certification, considered to be an advanced certification for legal support professionals.

The Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) certification is conferred by Legal Secretaries International in areas such as intellectual property, criminal law, civil litigation, probate, and business law. Candidates typically need to have 5 years of legal experience and pass an examination to become certified.

Advancement

Secretaries and administrative assistants generally advance to other administrative positions with more responsibilities, such as office supervisor, office manager, or executive secretary.

With additional training, many legal secretaries become paralegals or legal assistants.

Important Qualities

Integrity. Many secretaries and administrative assistants are trusted to handle sensitive information. For example, medical secretaries collect patient data that is required, by law, to be kept confidential in order to protect patient privacy.

Interpersonal skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants interact with clients, customers, or staff. They should communicate effectively and be courteous when interacting with others to create a positive work environment and client experience.

Organizational skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants keep files, folders, and schedules in proper order so an office can run efficiently.

Writing skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants write memos and emails when communicating with managers, employees, and customers. Therefore, they must have good grammar, ensure accuracy, and maintain a professional tone.

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Assistant Account Executive Career Paths

Assistant Account Executive
Accountant Business Manager Account Executive
Account Director
9 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Accountant And Office Manager Accounts Payable Clerk
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Office Manager Staff Accountant
Assistant Controller
6 Yearsyrs
Staff Accountant Business Manager
Business Director
10 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Vice President Chief Finance Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Account Executive Marketing Director Marketing Vice President
Chief Marketing Officer
11 Yearsyrs
Tax Preparer Personal Banker Banking Center Manager
Client Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Account Executive Marketing Manager Marketing Director
Director Of Communications And Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Project Manager Program Manager Deputy Director
Director Of Public Affairs
8 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager General Manager Operations Vice President
Executive Vice President Of Operations
13 Yearsyrs
Executive Executive Chef
Manager Executive
6 Yearsyrs
Account Executive Marketing Manager
Marketing Communications Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Marketing Manager Marketing Communications Manager
Marketing Program Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Sales Manager Group Sales Manager Director Of Catering
Membership Director
5 Yearsyrs
Marketing Coordinator Human Resources Coordinator Office Manager Of Human Resources
Office And Operations Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Accountant Human Resources Coordinator Payroll Specialist
Payroll Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Office Manager Executive Assistant To Chief Executive Officer
Special Projects Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Account Technician 3.2 years
Account Executive 2.9 years
Account Associate 2.8 years
Account Specialist 2.7 years
Top Careers Before Assistant Account Executive
Internship 17.5%
Accountant 3.5%
Bookkeeper 2.6%
Cashier 2.1%
Top Careers After Assistant Account Executive
Accountant 5.9%
Manager 2.6%
Consultant 2.4%
Internship 2.4%
Volunteer 2.1%

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Assistant Account Executive Demographics

Gender

Female

64.6%

Male

31.3%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

55.5%

Hispanic or Latino

15.7%

Asian

13.3%

Black or African American

10.8%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

39.9%

French

10.9%

Chinese

8.9%

Mandarin

8.2%

Korean

4.5%

Hindi

3.6%

Russian

3.1%

Italian

2.9%

Japanese

2.9%

Cantonese

2.7%

Portuguese

2.7%

Arabic

2.4%

German

2.0%

Urdu

1.3%

Greek

1.1%

Hebrew

0.7%

Polish

0.7%

Dutch

0.5%

Turkish

0.5%

Tamil

0.5%
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Assistant Account Executive Education

Schools

New York University

8.8%

University of Phoenix

6.9%

Syracuse University

6.6%

Michigan State University

6.1%

Boston University

5.7%

Fashion Institute of Technology

5.5%

Northwestern University

5.4%

University of Georgia

5.2%

University of Texas at Austin

5.0%

Fordham University

4.5%

Florida State University

4.5%

DePaul University

4.5%

Hofstra University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.3%

University of Delaware

4.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

3.8%

San Francisco State University

3.6%

Temple University

3.6%

Villanova University

3.6%

University of Florida

3.6%
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Majors

Business

17.3%

Accounting

15.7%

Communication

13.3%

Marketing

13.0%

Public Relations

7.4%

Journalism

4.4%

Finance

4.2%

Advertising

4.1%

Management

3.3%

English

2.7%

Psychology

2.5%

Political Science

2.5%

Economics

1.8%

Business Communications

1.3%

Journalism And Mass Communications

1.3%

Liberal Arts

1.2%

Education

1.0%

Health Care Administration

1.0%

Sociology

1.0%

Graphic Design

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

57.7%

Masters

20.2%

Other

12.4%

Associate

4.5%

Certificate

3.0%

Doctorate

1.1%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.1%
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Real Assistant Account Executive Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Rooms Executive The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company FL Jul 13, 2010 $80,900
Assistant Rooms Executive The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company Washington, DC Aug 01, 2010 $73,840
Assistant Rooms Executive Hyatt Corporation San Francisco, CA Apr 20, 2010 $60,445
Assistant Account Executive Spring O'Brien & Company Inc. New York, NY Sep 17, 2015 $56,349
Assistant Account Executive TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Mar 27, 2012 $50,000 -
$60,000
International Assistant Account Executive TBWA Worldwide, Inc. Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2011 $50,000 -
$65,000
Assistant Account Executive for Government Affairs Global Communicators, LLC Washington, DC Oct 01, 2011 $49,170
Assistant Account Executive Resnicow + Associates, Inc. New York, NY Apr 06, 2015 $48,000
Assistant Account Executive Burberry Limited New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $46,675
Assistant Account Executive Young & Rubicam Inc.-Cohn & Wolfe New York, NY Aug 31, 2016 $46,000
Assistant Account Executive Theory LLC New York, NY May 30, 2016 $45,906
Assistant Account Executive Hugo Boss Fashions, Inc. New York, NY Nov 25, 2009 $45,000
Assistant Account Executive Corbin & Associates Ltd New York, NY Feb 03, 2014 $41,000
Assistant Account Executive Corbin-Hillman Communications New York, NY Feb 03, 2014 $41,000
Assistant Account Executive Leo Burnett Company, Inc. Chicago, IL Aug 27, 2013 $40,600
Assistant Account Executive/Manager Arnold Worldwide LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2010 $40,135
Assistant Account Executive Marina Maher Communications LLC New York, NY Aug 24, 2015 $38,979
Assistant Account Executive Nancy Behrman Communications, Inc. New York, NY Nov 28, 2016 $38,890
Assistant Account Executive Hill Holliday LLC Boston, MA Sep 04, 2014 $38,626 -
$51,834
Assistant Account Executive Nancy Behrman Communications, Inc. New York, NY Jan 10, 2016 $38,355
Assistant Account Executive Nancy Behrman Communications, Inc. New York, NY Jan 08, 2016 $38,355
Assistant Account Executive Young & Rubicam Inc. New York, NY Aug 09, 2016 $38,355
Assistant Account Executive Trent & Company, Inc. New York, NY Sep 28, 2015 $38,355

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Top Skills for An Assistant Account Executive

  1. Financial Statements
  2. Press Releases
  3. Payroll
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  • Prepared well-organized documents and assembled financial statements for independent auditors.
  • Write, edit and pitch press releases to national media outlets in order to best target the client's core demographic.
  • Reviewed bi-weekly payroll for accuracy, availability of funds and proper signatures before the Treasurer's Office finalized processing.
  • Compiled and analyzed financial information in preparation for account entries, such as general ledger accounts and documented business transactions.
  • Performed monthly account reconciliations and monitored general ledger transactions.

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  4. District of Columbia
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