Executive assistants co-ordinate administrative procedures, public relations activities, research and analysis for governments, corporations, private firms and associations.
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Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Note:Estimated median employment income based on 2021 Job Bank median hourly wage rate (median annual salary = hourly wage rate x 40 (hours per week) x 52.14 (weeks per year))
Source: 2021 Job Bank Wage Report
Source: B.C. Labour Market Outlook
10 year expected job openings: 2,350
On behalf of executives, committees and boards of directors, executive assistants:
Executive assistants usually work in a structured environment, such as an office. With new technologies, they can more easily work from multiple or remote locations.
Source: 2016 Census
Completion of secondary school is required. A bachelor's degree in public administration, political science or a related discipline is usually required, as is experience in a related administrative job.
Designation as a Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP) is an asset.
Depending on the industry, training in project management, event co-ordination, financial accounting, public relations or human resources may also be beneficial.
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Though there is a steady stream of new graduates coming into the occupation, there are many positions available to executive assistants in B.C. Specifically, demand is high in the public administration, financial and university/education sectors.
Executive assistants are now using new technologies to achieve greater results and provide more efficient support. As a result, there has been a move away from the traditional support role toward a role as a strategic business partner with greater responsibilities. These may include project management, event planning, strategic planning, financial analysis and public relations.
Executive assistants generally become administrative directors or strategic business partners after completing an administrative professional designation, such as CCAP, and after gaining years of experience. With additional experience or education, administrative directors or strategic business partners may become chief administrative officers (CAOs).