To individuals in administrative professional roles, such as executive secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, secretaries, data entry personnel, and everyone in related jobs titles, Happy Administrative Professionals Day! It’s your day to shine.

This is a day to recognize and thank the individuals in administrative roles who keep the ambitions of their company and leaders running smoothly. It is often a job that does not get the recognition it deserves, but should be fully acknowledged today of all days.

The role of administrative professionals has evolved greatly over the years as technology changes, organizational structures slim down and the speed at which work is to get done speeds up.  Our latest survey of Today’s Administrative Professionals reveals that new skills are being demanded and new tasks are expected of people in administrative roles.

Top 5 In-Demand Skills

  1. Technical/computer application skills
  2. Ability to multi-task
  3. Written communication skills
  4. Self-motivation/independent worker
  5. Professional demeanor

Top 5 New Tasks

  1. Tasks related to functional areas
  2. Internet research/market analysis
  3. Supporting multiple leaders/executives
  4. Lead a project team
  5. Independent decision-making, up to a specific dollar value

If you are administrative professional role or a related role, now is the time to hone in on developing the skills that are critical to meeting the needs of the changing work environment. Take the time to explore educational and skill-building opportunities that will set you up for job growth, challenging opportunities and potentially higher pay.

The hiring outlook for administrative professionals’ is positive, particularly for job seekers with the right skills to succeed. Check out more insights from employers on administrative professionals, including their hiring challenges and plans for 2017, in the latest Manpower report on Today’s Administrative Professionals.

Are there other skills or new tasks you see becoming more and more necessary in today’s administrative professionals?  Share them below.

Nancy Manley

About Nancy Manley


Nancy enjoys helping people find a job that makes them feel complete. She thrives on sharing information that helps candidates become successful employees and engaged workers.