Administrative assistants

Administrative assistants

NOC
1241

Perform a variety of administrative duties in support of managers and other professionals.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Fair
Fair

3 Year Job Openings

648
 

Median Hourly Wage

$19.71
$13.00
Low
$26.49
High

Median Salary

$32,041
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

5,342
 

% Working Full Time

85%
 

% Working Full Year

70%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative duties in support of managerial and professional employers. They are employed throughout the private and public sectors.

Main Duties

Administrative assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Prepare, key in, edit and proofread correspondence, invoices, presentations, brochures, publications, reports and related material from machine dictation and handwritten copy
  • Open and distribute incoming regular and electronic mail and other material and co-ordinate the flow of information internally and with other departments and organizations
  • Schedule and confirm appointments and meetings of employer
  • Order office supplies and maintain inventory
  • Answer telephone and electronic enquiries and relay telephone calls and messages
  • Set up and maintain manual and computerized information filing systems
  • Determine and establish office procedures
  • Greet visitors, ascertain nature of business and direct visitors to employer or appropriate person
  • Record and prepare minutes of meetings
  • Arrange travel schedules and make reservations
  • May compile data, statistics and other information to support research activities
  • May supervise and train office staff in procedures and in use of current software
  • May organize conferences.

Also Known As

  • administrative assistant
  • executive secretary (except legal and medical)
  • office administrative assistant
  • private secretary
  • secretary (except legal and medical)
  • technical secretary
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a one- or two-year college or other program for administrative assistants or secretaries or Previous clerical experience is required.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

96.8%
Female
3.2%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

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3.4%
15-24
13.3%
25-34
22.5%
35-44
31.9%
45-54
23.8%
55-64
5.1%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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2.5%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
31.0%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
5.2%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
50.7%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
10.6%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

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20.4%
Public administration
15.0%
Educational services
9.1%
Other services (except public administration)
55.5%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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23.60%
Northeast
24.60%
Southeast
18.30%
Southwest
19.10%
Central
14.40%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$30,562
Northeast
$37,591
Southeast
$34,161
Southwest
$39,709
Central
$29,393
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$18.00
$12.50
Low
$25.48
High

Southeast

$22.05
$14.50
Low
$29.39
High

Southwest

$18.75
$14.29
Low
$27.22
High

Central

$20.00
$13.00
Low
$26.49
High

Northwest

$16.00
$13.00
Low
$23.83
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$32,041

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$39,914

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$32,041

Newfoundland

$35,361

Prince Edward Island

$38,348

Nova Scotia

$34,312

Canada

$36,220
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

648
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

-33
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

680
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

2,118
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

-55
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

2,174