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Working As a Design And Production Assistant

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

  • Repetitive

  • $43,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Design And Production Assistant 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 A Design And Production Assistant

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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Design And Production Assistant Career Paths

Design And Production Assistant
Designer Design Engineer Project Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager Owner
Co-Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager General Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Coordinator Marketing Specialist
Marketing Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Coordinator Account Executive
Senior Account Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Instructor Consultant
Business Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Owner Vice President
Managing Director
11 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Owner
Marketing Director
7 Yearsyrs
Interior Designer Office Manager Account Manager
Sales Account Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Design Consultant Assistant Manager
Business Owner
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Design Consultant Store Manager
Sales And Marketing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Design Consultant Manager
Assistant Vice President
7 Yearsyrs
Visual Merchandiser Team Leader Office Manager
Accountant And Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Visual Merchandiser Team Leader Director
Development Director
9 Yearsyrs
Visual Merchandiser Team Leader Account Manager
Client Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Creative Director Vice President
Owner And Chief Executive Officer
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Principal
Communications Director
6 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Principal Founder
President And Founder
5 Yearsyrs
Design Technician Consultant Account Manager
Relationship Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Project Coordinator Foreman Business Owner
Entrepreneur
5 Yearsyrs
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Average Yearly Salary
$43,000
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$29,000
Min 10%
$43,000
Median 50%
$43,000
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$43,000
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$43,000
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$43,000
Median 50%
$66,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Coach
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
Massachusetts
Avg Experience Level
2.0 years
How much does a Design And Production Assistant make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Design And Production Assistant in the United States is $43,876 per year or $21 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $29,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $66,000.

Top Skills for A Design And Production Assistant

  1. Design Library
  2. CAD
  3. Adobe Photoshop
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Completed a total re-organization of the design library and contacted sales representatives for multiple companies for samples and product information.
  • Helped with the research and development of key fabrics, prints and patterns with fabric team and Cad de- signers.
  • Created concepts for packages, folding cartons, displays, and products utilizing Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and polygonal modeling.
  • Hand-dyed fabric samples from imagery inspiration - Sourced sportswear fabrics and embroidery samples
  • Assisted with custom furniture orders and selections.

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Top 10 Best States for Design And Production Assistants

  1. District of Columbia
  2. Vermont
  3. Massachusetts
  4. Connecticut
  5. New York
  6. Maryland
  7. New Jersey
  8. Pennsylvania
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Design And Production Assistant Demographics

Gender

Female

56.3%

Male

33.2%

Unknown

10.5%
Ethnicity

White

57.1%

Hispanic or Latino

18.8%

Asian

10.5%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.6%

French

15.7%

Chinese

9.3%

Mandarin

5.6%

Italian

5.6%

Korean

3.7%

Portuguese

2.8%

German

2.8%

Tagalog

1.9%

Vietnamese

0.9%

Romanian

0.9%

Hmong

0.9%

Hindi

0.9%

Sindhi

0.9%

Khmer

0.9%

Norwegian

0.9%

Armenian

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Occidental

0.9%

Greek

0.9%
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Design And Production Assistant Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

25.6%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

14.0%

Parsons the New School for Design

11.0%

Savannah College of Art and Design

7.3%

Academy of Art University

4.4%

Pratt Institute-Main

4.4%

School of Visual Arts

3.5%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

3.5%

Philadelphia University

2.9%

Otis College of Art and Design

2.6%

Virginia Commonwealth University

2.6%

Art Institute of California - Inland

2.6%

Marist College

2.3%

University of North Texas

2.0%

Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago

2.0%

Kent State University

2.0%

University of California - Los Angeles

2.0%

Syracuse University

1.7%

Ohio University -

1.7%

New York University

1.7%
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Majors

Graphic Design

46.3%

Fine Arts

9.3%

Interior Design

5.1%

Communication

4.8%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

4.7%

Photography

4.3%

Business

4.2%

Computer Applications

2.4%

Design And Visual Communication

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Apparel And Textiles

2.1%

Psychology

1.7%

English

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.5%

Theatre

1.5%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.4%

Public Relations

1.4%

Architecture

1.2%

Writing

1.2%

Animation

1.2%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.7%

Other

16.2%

Associate

15.5%

Masters

8.2%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.3%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Updated May 19, 2020