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Executive Secretaries & Executive Administrative Assistants

Also called: Administrative Assistant, Administrative Secretary, Executive Assistant, Executive Secretary

Where in the military? In the military: see titles from the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy.

What they do:
Provide high-level administrative support by conducting research, preparing statistical reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. May also train and supervise lower-level clerical staff.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare invoices, reports, memos, letters, financial statements, and other documents, using word processing, spreadsheet, database, or presentation software.
  • Answer phone calls and direct calls to appropriate parties or take messages.
  • Conduct research, compile data, and prepare papers for consideration and presentation by executives, committees, and boards of directors.


  • administrative services
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
  • looking for ways to help people
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions


  • read and understand what is written
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • order or arrange things
  • notice when problems happen
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Integrity
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Independence


You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • SAP software
Accounting software
  • Intuit QuickBooks software
  • Sage Peachtree software
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Transcription software


Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
high school diploma/GED
usually needed

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