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Become An Executive Officer

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Working As An Executive Officer

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

  • Repetitive

  • $123,550

    Average Salary

What Does An Executive Officer Do

An Executive Officer provides executive support to the Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Executive. They record all relevant and vital information at meetings and are especially responsible for preparing annual accounts, reports, and budgets.

How To Become An Executive Officer

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.


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.


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.


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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Executive Officer Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Mandarin

  • Korean

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Portuguese

  • Vietnamese

  • Hindi

  • Carrier

  • Cantonese

  • Tagalog

  • Croatian

  • Persian

  • Hebrew

  • Swahili

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Real Executive Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cheif Executive Officer LDM Global Steamboat Springs, CO Aug 13, 2015 $260,000 -
Cheif Executive Officer Serraview America, Inc. New York, NY Jan 17, 2016 $235,000 -
Campus Executive Officer Tiffin University Tiffin, OH Jul 09, 2012 $200,000
Campus Executive Officer Tiffin University Toledo, OH Aug 09, 2012 $200,000
Cheif Executive Officer Inquiro Group LLC Palo Alto, CA Apr 15, 2011 $190,000 -
Executive Officer-Latin America Trnsnat. Trade & Logistic Sargeant Marine Inc. Boca Raton, FL Jul 19, 2016 $189,625
Cheif Executive Officer Siparadigm, LLC Oradell, NJ Jan 29, 2016 $187,830
Cheif Executive Officer Ruota Consulting Providence, RI Jan 31, 2013 $176,500
Executive Officer Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2015 $150,000
Cheif Executive Officer Academy of Arts and Sciences Charter School San Diego, CA Jul 01, 2012 $117,100
Executive Officer University of Alaska Fairbanks, AK Jun 15, 2011 $94,078
Cheif Executive Officer Wizarlabs Inc. Palo Alto, CA Sep 14, 2014 $74,360 -
Executive Officer-Develoment of New Technologies Puerto Rico Telephone Company Guaynabo, PR Aug 03, 2015 $73,840

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Top Skills for An Executive Officer


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Top Executive Officer Skills

  1. Military Personnel
  2. Logistical Support
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Key player in the deactivation of the command through flawless relocation or separation of military personnel.
  • Integrated higher echelon logistical support and guidance in the execution of worldwide operations and turnaround recovery.
  • Guided efforts in precision logistics initiatives and relentlessly reviewed and streamlined process and procedures by leveraging technology and best business practices.
  • Coordinated medical care at echelon levels I and II of Brigade Combat Teams or in conjunction a Combat Support Hospital.
  • Established security, safety, and policy regulations.

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