A secretary is a person whose work consists of maintaining files, operating telephones, typing letters and other clerical functions. These functions may be entirely carried out to assist one other employee or may be for the benefit of more than one such. In other situations a secretary is an officer of a society or organization who deals with correspondence, admits new members and organizes official meetings and events.
High school graduates who have basic office and computer skills usually qualify for entry-level positions. Although most secretaries learn their job in several weeks, many legal and medical secretaries require several months of training to learn industry-specific terminology. Executive secretaries usually need several years of related work experience.
Most secretaries and administrative assistants work in office settings. Most secretaries and administrative assistants work full time.