Administrative assistants perform a variety of administrative and clerical duties necessary to run an organization efficiently. They serve as information and communication managers for an office; plan and schedule meetings and appointments; organize and maintain paper and electronic files; manage projects; conduct research; and disseminate information by using the telephone, mail services, Web sites and e-mail. They also may handle travel and guest arrangements.
Administrative assistants use a variety of office equipment and computer software. In a larger office they may work in teams to maximize flexibility and share expertise.