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Office professionals are the core of most businesses. Without competent secretaries, executive administrators, bookkeepers and office managers, most companies would be unable to function. Office professionals keep the office organized and running smoothly and work with much of the valuable data that a company needs to flourish.

Many jobs begin at the entry level, as clerks or receptionists. Duties often include filing paperwork, light typing, answering phones and greeting visitors. Those with more skills and training can find positions as secretaries and administrative assistants. With the emergence of new technological advancement, department directors and vice presidents need more than someone to take dictation, answer the phone and make coffee. They need a professional assistant with managerial qualities, someone who can research and prepare reports, make decisions and often supervise other employees.

As businesses continue to expand and work with increasingly complex technology, the need for advanced training and professional certification becomes more important every day. The Occupational Outlook Handbook for 2004 and 2005 claims that the best opportunities will come for those administrative assistants who are proficient in various software programs and that the median salary for an executive administrative assistant in 2002 was $33,410.

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