Administrative Assistants

National Occupation Code (NOC): 1241

Administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative duties in support of managerial and professional employers. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

Job Duties for Administrative Assistants

  • Prepare, key in, edit and proofread correspondence, invoices, presentations, brochures, publications, reports and related material from machine dictation and handwritten copy
  • Open and distribute incoming regular and electronic mail and other material and co-ordinate the flow of information internally and with other departments and organizations
  • Schedule and confirm appointments and meetings of employer
  • Order office supplies and maintain inventory
  • Answer telephone and electronic enquiries and relay telephone calls and messages
  • Set up and maintain manual and computerized information filing systems
  • Determine and establish office procedures
  • Greet visitors, ascertain nature of business and direct visitors to employer or appropriate person
  • Record and prepare minutes of meetings
  • Arrange travel schedules and make reservations
  • May compile data, statistics and other information to support research activities
  • May supervise and train office staff in procedures and in use of current software
  • May organize conferences.

Working Conditions for Administrative Assistants

Work is completed indoors, either from an office environment or home. It typically involved sitting at a desk for extended periods of time at a computer or answering phone calls.

Alternate Job Titles

  • Administrative Assistant
  • Administrative Assistant - Office
  • Administrative Secretary
  • Appointment Secretary
  • Church Secretary
  • Contracts Secretary
  • Executive Secretary (except Legal And Medical)
  • Finance Secretary
  • Human Resources Secretary
  • Loans And Grants Administrative Assistant
  • Office Administrative Assistant
  • Personal Secretary
  • Private Secretary
  • Recording Secretary
  • Sales Secretary
  • School Secretary
  • Secretary (except Legal And Medical)
  • Secretary-clerk
  • Taxation Service Secretary
  • Technical Secretary
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Executive Secretary (except Legal And Medical)
  • Office Administrative Assistant
  • Private Secretary
  • Secretary (except Legal And Medical)
  • Technical Secretary
  • Secretary-clerk
  • Admin Assistant
  • Administration Assistant
  • Administrative Associate
  • Service Appointment Coordinator