Executive Secretary Courses and Degree Programs

An executive secretary is an administrative professional who works with top executives of an organization. Learn about the types of education programs and courses that prepare you to work as an executive secretary. Schools offering Administrative Assistant degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Degree Programs are Available for Executive Secretaries?

Since executive secretaries work with high-level executives and management, a college degree is often a job requirement. You may earn a certificate, an associate degree or apply your earned credits toward a bachelor's degree. Relevant degree or certificate programs may be available in:

  • Office administration
  • Office specialist
  • Administrative office professional
  • Executive administrative assistant
  • Office management

Degree programs may be very flexible. Some schools allow you to complete your degree in a 1- or 2-year program. You may also be able to work full- or part-time while earning your degree by combining on-campus and online coursework, attending night classes or taking classes online.

What Will I Study?

Degree programs in office assisting cover a wide range of skills and technologies needed in today's busy offices. Future executive secretaries may receive training in effective communication and organization, project management, software programs, office machines and budgeting. Types of courses offered may include:

  • Project management
  • Accounting
  • Microsoft Office software programs
  • Desktop publishing
  • Business communications
  • Customer service

How Might My Coursework Prepare Me For My Career?

Your degree may allow you to find employment as an executive secretary in private businesses and corporations, government offices, law firms or non-profit organizations. Potential employers will often look for a job candidate with a degree or certificate, plus strong communication skills, knowledge of various technologies and the ability to multitask. Your degree program may further prepare you for your role as an executive secretary through internship or practicum opportunities. Students may gather valuable contacts during these programs that can lead to employment opportunities after graduation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage of an executive secretary in May of 2010 was $45,860. (www.bls.gov)

To continue researching, browse degree options below for course curriculum, prerequisites and financial aid information. Or, learn more about the subject by reading the related articles below:

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