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A secretary is a person who is employed to help in an office, and help the people in charge of the office do their job.

By definition, the main task of a secretary is to keep organized paper and electronic files for the business, school, hospital, or government agency[1] they work for. Other common jobs that secretaries do are answering telephones; typing and writing letters; plan and schedule meetings with guests; and manage the website of their office.[1]

In different workplaces, and for different reasons, a secretary may also be called an administrative assistant, receptionist, clerk, or executive assistant.

In the past, most secretaries were men. Today, 98% of secretaries are women, according to the US Census.[2]

In 1952, several groups, for example the National Secretaries Association, founded Secretary's Day. It is celebrated in the 4th week of April. It has been renamed "Administrative Professional's Week" to represent the more challenging roles of secretaries today.

Other secretaries

In government, secretaries are important people who hold high positions in government. Many secretaries in government are in charge of government agencies.

In the United Kingdom, a Secretary of State is a senior Cabinet Minister in charge of a Government Department.

In the United States, the Secretary of State is in charge of dealing with other countries. The current US Secretary of State is Hillary Rodham Clinton.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "BLS". Retrieved 2011-02-27. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics job description and similitarities of secretaries and administrative assistants