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Administrative Assistant

Find out how to become an administrative assistant and work in the administration & business industry. Discover information on salary, growth, stability and occupational expectations.

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The current average salary of an Administrative Assistant is $48,000 - 63,000 annually


What does an administrative assistant do?

Administrative assistants perform a range of clerical and administrative duties like organising files, preparing documents, scheduling appointments, and aiding senior staff. There will be 212, 000 job openings over the next five years due to an ongoing need for reliable administration managers across all sectors.

Read more about the administration and business industry.

What skills do you need to be an administrative assistant? 

Administrative assistants are responsible for a variety of clerical/ organisational tasks for the smooth running of a business.

  • Excellent verbal and written skills
  • Adept at using technology
  • Excellent time management and organisation skills
  • Detail-oriented and resourceful
  • Good problem solving skills and ability to prioritise work
  • Emotional intelligence to work well with a range of different staff
I believe it compliments my current administration experience. I feel I am now of more value to my employer and it has also improved my resume for any future job opportunities that may arise.
Student Q&A: Jayden Tilley
, Business Faculty Student - Business Administration
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Administrative assistant quick facts

Women (85.4%) make up most of this task force which is expected to grow strongly over the next 5 years from 251,800 jobs in 2017 to 274,000 by 2022.

  • Average Hours Worked
    35.6 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Public administration; education and training, and health care and social assistance
  • Average qualification level
    19.5% Certificate III/IV

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from payscale.com.au and the Australian Government's joboutlook.gov.au - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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