Want To Be an Executive Assistant? Here's What You Need to Know

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There continues to be a high demand for executive assistants, especially those with strong technical and soft skills.

If you're interested in becoming an executive assistant, here's what you need to know about the job's salary, responsibilities and sought-after skills to determine if the position is right for you.

First, what are the typical duties listed in an executive assistant job description? While responsibilities can vary depending on the specific needs of a company, department or executive, these activities are generally involved: 

Executive assistant job description

  • Screening calls
  • Managing calendars
  • Making travel, meeting and event arrangements
  • Preparing reports and financial data
  • Training and supervising other support staff
  • Customer relations

Skills employers are looking for

Some key qualifications that companies seek in an executive assistant include:

  • Strong computer and Internet research skills
  • Flexibility
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Project coordination experience
  • Ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside clients and vendors

When supporting executive management, sensitivity to confidential matters is also required.

We’ve seen administrative roles evolve in recent years, and this position is no different. In addition to technical know-how, executive assistants must have top-notch verbal and written communication skills since they often interact with everyone from shareholders to mailroom employees.

And versatility is a big plus. Beyond traditional tasks like answering the phone and scheduling meetings, executive assistants are often asked to help out in areas like corporate responsibility, budgeting, hiring and social media.

Executive assistant salary benchmarks

Next year's predictions for the executive assistant salary look positive. According to the most recent OfficeTeam Salary Guide, the average starting salary range for an executive assistant is $45,500 to $62,000. The compensation for this position has seen a 3.9 percent jump from last year, which is higher than the 3.5 percent average increase for administrative positions in the U.S.

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This post was originally published in March 2014 and has been updated to reflect more current information.