A receptionist is an employee taking an office/administrative support position. The work is usually performed in a waiting area such as a lobby or front office desk of an organization or business. The title "receptionist" is attributed to the person who is specifically employed by an organization to receive or greet any visitors, patients, or clients and answer telephone calls.
Receptionists typically need a high school diploma or its equivalent, and some employers may prefer to hire candidates who also possess basic computer skills. Courses in word processing and spreadsheet application at community colleges and vocational schools can be particularly helpful.
Receptionists usually work in an area that is visible, such as a front desk of an office lobby or a waiting room, and easily accessible to the public and other employees. The work that some receptionists do may be stressful, as they answer numerous phone calls and sometimes deal with difficult or irate callers.