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Employment Outlook

This occupation is expected to be among those with the largest number of new jobs. Opportunities should be best for applicants with extensive knowledge of software applications. Word processing, writing, and communication skills are essential for all secretaries and administrative assistants. Employers increasingly require extensive knowledge of software applications, such as desktop publishing, project management, spreadsheet, and database management. Secretaries and administrative assistants are employed in organizations of every type. They work in schools, hospitals, corporate settings, government agencies, or legal or medical offices. Employment of secretaries and administrative assistants is expected to increase about nine percent according to the Department of Labor. Salaries vary widely according to industry and skills the worker possesses. Secretaries and administrative assistants should be proficient in keyboarding and good at spelling, punctuation, grammar, and oral communication in addition to their software skills.

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