Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Office and Administrative Support Occupations in Herkimer and Oneida County

According to Wikipedia, Administrative Professionals' Day is an unofficial holiday observed in several countries to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative support professionals.The idea began with Mary Barrett and C. King Woodbridge. They served on a council addressing a national shortage of skilled office workers and originated the idea for a National Secretaries Week.

The official period of celebration was first proclaimed as "National Secretaries Week," which was held June 1–7 in 1952, with Wednesday, June 4, 1952 designated National Secretaries Day. In 1955, the observance date of National Secretaries Week was moved to the last full week of April. The name was changed to Professional Secretaries Week in 1981, and became Administrative Professionals Week in 2000 to encompass the expanding responsibilities and wide-ranging job titles of administrative support staff. The basic object was originally to recognize "the secretary, upon whose skills, loyalty, and efficiency the functions of business and government offices depend," and to call attention "through favorable publicity, to the tremendous potential of the secretarial career."

Nearly 20,000 people are employed in Office and Administrative Support positions in our region. The vast majority of these positions are filled by women (72%). The positions held are quite wide ranging. Click on the table below to see the the breakdown of these jobs, as well as the numbers of males and females in each type of position in Herkimer and Oneida Counties.

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