5 Things You Didn’t Know About Administrative Professionals

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By Robert Half April 1, 2016 at 3:04pm

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Administrative Professionals

We’ve all seen receptionists and assistants portrayed in TV shows and movies. Here are five facts about administrative professionals that prove just how cool they are in real life.

These Famous People Once Held Administrative Jobs …

Jennifer Lopez helped with filing at a law firm.

Naomi Judd was a secretary for a music group.

Faith Hill worked as a receptionist.

J.K. Rowling was a secretary before “Harry Potter” became a worldwide phenomenon.

Simon Cowell worked in the mailroom of a music company.

Barbara Walters was a secretary for an advertising agency.

Ellen DeGeneres did clerical work at a law firm.

Joan Rivers once worked as the secretary for a talent agency.

Rosa Parks was the secretary for a U.S. congressman.

Sources: MTV.com, CMT.com, Biography.com, Oprah.com, NPR.org, Time.com

These Administrative Professionals Made History …

While working as a file clerk at a law firm, Erin Brockovich uncovered records that ultimately led to the largest direct-action lawsuit in U.S. history. The story was later turned into a movie starring Julia Roberts.

Marion Keisker, a secretary at Sun Records, is credited with helping launch Elvis Presley’s career. She was alone in the studio the day Elvis walked in to record a few songs, and handled the sessions herself.

Bette Nesmith Graham was a secretary who came up with the correction fluid to cover typewriting errors. The company she founded is now known as Liquid Paper.

One of Anna Wintour’s former assistants, Lauren Weisberger, wrote the book “The Devil Wears Prada” which also became a popular movie.

The TV Admin Most People Want to Work With Is …

29% Pam Halpert from “The Office”
17% Waylon Smithers from “The Simpsons”
14% Joan Holloway from “Mad Men”
11% Donna Meagle from “Parks and Recreation”
9% Jonathan from “30 Rock”

Source: OfficeTeam survey of 1,011 workers in the United States and Canada. Top responses shown.

On Average, 35% of Managers’ Time Is Saved by Their Administrative Assistant!

That’s almost 3 hours a day!

Source: OfficeTeam survey of 172 senior managers who have administrative assistants in the United States and Canada.

Administrative Professionals Are in Demand!

Office and administrative support positions are projected to have more than 5.6 million total job openings between 2014 and 2024, the largest number among the 22 occupational groups tracked.

In the U.S., 1 million new jobs will be added in office and administrative support occupations between 2014 and 2024.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics

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