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Day in the Life: Administrative Assistant

Are you a people person? Do you like to help others and make their lives a little easier? Do you enjoy finding ways to make things more efficient and organized? Do you like to have a variety in your daily tasks in addition to some routine responsibilities?

If you answered yes to those questions, a job as an administrative assistant might be for you! Administrative assistants are the glue that holds offices and workplaces together, working behind the scenes to keep everything running smoothly, always knowing what’s going on and able to jump in and help in a pinch. Here’s what to know about administrative assistant jobs — it might be a great fit for you!

What do they do?

Administrative assistants provide help for their departments. They might transfer calls or take messages; help schedule meetings; arrange deliveries; sort and deliver mail. In some offices, admins might be responsible for greeting and welcoming guests or job interview candidates; they might help with inventory and ordering supplies for the team. Sometimes admins are called in to help research projects or clients; they can help organize and set department budgets and take minutes during meetings. In short, they do all the important work to help free up time for their team while keeping everything running like clockwork!

What kind of education and training is needed?

In most cases, a high school diploma or equivalent is all that’s needed to start as an administrative assistant. Some offices and companies prefer a little more education, possibly an associate’s degree, while more professional or “white collar”-type establishments might require a bachelor’s degree. The type of degree preferred can be almost any kind of liberal arts degree, while some might prefer a degree in business or communications although that might not be a requirement. Luckily, there are plenty of vocational and college-level programs that can help teach the skills needed to work as an administrative assistant! Some companies might even help cover the cost of enrolling in these classes to ensure you have the skills they need. Familiarity with some basic programs is very helpful, including the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel etc.).

What’s the pay?

The average salary for an entry-level administrative assistant job is around $15 per hour, but can range up to $30 per hour, depending on the office, your experience level and your background.

What are the hours?

This can vary from workplace to workplace, but most administrative assistant jobs are Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or in line with the company’s office hours. Some companies are looking for full-time admins, working 40 hours per week; others might only need someone part-time, depending on the size of their office.


Is an administrative assistant job right for you? See what Sterling Personnel has available!

No two days are exactly alike when you work as an administrative assistant! If you like to keep busy, be helpful and stay organized without being tied down to just one kind of work, it might be a great option for you!

If you’d like to learn a little more, call Sterling Personnel. We can help walk you through administrative assistant jobs and find one that sounds right for you! Review the jobs we currently have available and then call Sterling Personnel to learn more and apply.