Executive Administrative Assistant at a Glance

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Best States for Executive Administrative Assistant

  Employment
in 2011
Average
Annual Salary
Average
Hourly Pay
Massachusetts 26,310 $55,160 $27
District of Columbia 9,740 $55,840 $27
Alaska 3,010 $49,850 $24

Becoming an Executive Administrative Assistant

The primary route to having a career in executive administrative assistant work is experience, but to get that experience requires the right education background. High school graduates with basic computer and office skills may qualify for entry-level secretarial and administrative assistant positions, but in today's competitive work force, the selection favors candidates with an associate's or bachelor's degree. Even vocational schools and community colleges offer courses or formal training in computer and office skills that can give candidates an edge in the competition for these jobs.

The best educational preparation a person seeking executive administrative assistant jobs can get is a bachelor's degree in business or computer science. Depending on the department an executive administrative assistant is working in, background knowledge in the industry may be required. Courses in the following subjects may be useful for candidates pursuing an executive assistant job:

  • Computer Science
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Management

In addition to the educational requirements, students pursuing a career in executive administrative assistant work would do well to earn certification. For example, executive assistants in legal offices can earn the Accredited Legal Secretary (ALS) designation with a year of experience in the field after passing the training course. Additionally, advanced certifications such as the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) or the Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) are also available to bolster the administrative assistant's resume. Although education and certification can make a major difference in whether or not a candidate is hired to an entry-level administrative assistant position, experience is the single most influencing factor that leads to advancement to executive administrative assistant positions.