Skip Navigation

Career Opportunities as an Administrative Assistant

Administrative assistants are employed in every industry, making this a huge occupational field.

Jobs range from beginning receptionist and clerical positions to experienced corporate administrative assistants and department managers.

  • Senior Executive Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Human Resource Assistant
  • Executive Assistant
  • Office Professional
  • Project Coordinator
  • Customer Service
  • Call Center
  • Office Clerk
  • Receptionist

Salary Range

Each year Office Team conducts extensive research with company surveys to gather salary data.

This year’s Office Team guide lists salaries up to $64,000 for senior Executive Assistants and beginning ranges of $31,000 for general clerical positions. Final salary figures can be increased for multilingual abilities and professional designations such as CAP or MOS certifications. Salaries vary with employee responsibilities, skills and experience levels.

Visit to receive your free copy of the latest Salary Guide.

Job Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor website lists the following information.

Employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is expected to grow about as fast as average for all occupations. Secretaries and administrative assistants will have among the largest numbers of new jobs arise, about 362,000 over the 2008-18 period. Additional opportunities will result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave this occupation.

Employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is expected to increase about 11 percent between 2008 and 2018.

The Future of the Profession

The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) website states:

Administrative Career Offers Bright Future
With businesses operating in a global economy, administrative professionals will have opportunities to interact via email, audio- and video-conferencing and even face-to-face with customers and associates from around the world. The winners will be those professionals who master technology, effectively use their interpersonal and communication skills, who have the ability to track and organize and be creative in solving problems, and most importantly, who have the willingness to learn and grow and accept challenges. For those administrative professionals, there is a world of opportunity waiting for them!