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General Administrative Assistant

115 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#77 in Popularity
$38,030 Median Salary

Types of Degrees General Administrative Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many general administrative assistant and secretarial science graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 2,683
Basic Certificate 2,632
Undergraduate Certificate 1,978
Bachelor’s Degree 88

What General Administrative Assistant Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to general administrative assistant and secretarial science were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for General Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for General Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to general administrative assistant and secretarial science:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Abilities for General Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Majors

As you progress with your general administrative assistant and secretarial science degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in General Administrative Assistant?

88 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
89% Percent Women
80% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 89% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of general administrative assistant and secretarial science majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 13
Hispanic or Latino 56
White 17
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 2

How Much Do General Administrative Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $38,030 to $61,550 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to general administrative assistant and secretarial science. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with general administrative assistant and secretarial science may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to general administrative assistant and secretarial science have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 37.8%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 4.1%
Some College Courses 15.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 27.5%
Bachelor’s Degree 11.3%
Master’s Degree 0.8%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 1.6%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 1.3%

Online General Administrative Assistant Programs

In 2019-2020, 720 schools offered a general administrative assistant and secretarial science program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 431 76
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 0
Associate’s Degree 528 95
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in General Administrative Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a general administrative assistant and secretarial science grad is $38,030 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to general administrative assistant and secretarial science.

Major Number of Grads
Business & Office Technology 3,154
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation 2,489
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 1,852
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 1,807
Other Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services 401
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations 281
Traffic, Customs, and Transportation Clerk/Technician 214
Receptionist 176

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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