I started working as an administrative assistant at Southern Polytechnic State University last year, after previously working in sales. Although I don't know why, I'm well aware that similar positions are typically female dominated.
In my day-to-day duties, I support an entire department. I maintain schedules, handle logistics related to travel, and have receptionist responsibilities as well.
I think the term secretary is outdated, but would be comfortable with it as a title.
This job is ideal for me because it provides the opportunity to pursue other interests in non-profit work and research. I'm not looking to advance in this role because I'm more passionate about my non-profit work.
That said, if an individual did want to advance their career -- towards supporting the president of the University or a similar capacity -- I feel they certainly would have that opportunity.
Secretary or administrative assistant is still the most common job for U.S. women, just as it was in 1950.
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