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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Runs The Daily Operations Of A Fire Protection Company

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Brian describes his position as an Administrative Assistant for a company that inspects fire and life safety services, such as fire alarms, sprinklers, and standpipes. He went to school for journalism; while he was job searching in that field, a friend introduced him to the owner of his current company. He's happy to still be in the business of helping people.

Degree: Journalism
Job Title: Administrative Assistant
Employer: Commercial Fire Protection

Job Summary: Secretaries and Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, and Executive

Job Description

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and organizational tasks. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments, and support other staff.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Although secretaries and administrative assistants work in nearly every industry, many are concentrated in schools, hospitals, government agencies, and legal and medical offices. Most work full time in comfortable office settings. Virtual assistants typically work from a home office.

Certification Requirement
Recommended in Speciality Work.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$20,000 - $55,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office, Remote
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Organizational skills, People skills, Technical skills, Written communication skills

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Trade/vocational School
Associate degree
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