Virtual Assistant

Outlook ~ Secretaries and Virtual Assistants

Median Pay Per Hour $16.66
Median Pay Per Year $34,660
Predicted Job Growth 12% (about as fast as average)


Secretaries and virtual assistants work in practically every field imaginable performing clerical, organizational and other support tasks.  Virtual assistants work from a home office and communicate with their clients via email, the Internet and fax. Duties performed include such things as email management, travel and appointment scheduling, newsletters, blog posts, social media management, data entry and research. Assignments may vary from short to long term and working remotely allows VAs to support multiple clients in different industries at the same time, although some VAs specialize in specific fields such as medical, legal and real estate.

Opportunities for Virtual Assistants:

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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Secretaries and Administrative Assistants,
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