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Jacqueline, a Receptionist at an auto body shop, describes what she likes most about her job, its challenges, how hard it is to get a job in this field, and work-life balance. With the current economy, it's challenging to find a job in any field; you have to know how to promote yourself.

Degree: Graduate Jewelers Degree
Job Title: Receptionist

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
Office, Remote, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Written communication skills, Technical skills, People skills, Organizational skills

Educational Path

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