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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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 3,093
Basic Certificate 2,938
Undergraduate Certificate 2,473
Bachelor’s Degree 115

What General Administrative Assistant Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, general administrative assistant and secretarial science majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for General Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in general administrative assistant and secretarial science should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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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

When studying general administrative assistant and secretarial science, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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 a general administrative assistant and secretarial science major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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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?

115 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
88% Percent Women
85% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 88% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of General Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 0
Black or African American 16
Hispanic or Latino 80
White 15
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

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.

Median Salary for a General Administrative Assistant Major  ( 38030 to 61550 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Some careers associated with general administrative assistant and secretarial science require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for general administrative assistant and secretarial science careers below.

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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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 767 schools offered some type of general administrative assistant and secretarial science program. 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) 356 55
Certificate (1-2 years) 445 79
Certificate (2-4 Years) 4 1
Associate’s Degree 549 101
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 356 55
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
Customer Service Support/Call Center/Teleservice Operation 2,911
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services 2,517
Business & Office Technology 2,375
Executive Assistant/Executive Secretary 2,022
Other Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services 475
Parts, Warehousing, and Inventory Management Operations 220
Receptionist 208
Traffic, Customs, and Transportation Clerk/Technician 136

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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