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Administrative Professionals Day Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wednesday marks the 60th anniversary of Administrative Professionals Day, which, while not a legal holiday, may be at least worth noting. 

There are 4.1 million secretaries and administrative assistants working in the U.S., according to the Department of Labor.

Considered by some to be a marketing ploy for flower and greeting card companies, Administrative Professionals Day and Week have been sponsored by the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) since 1952.  The name was changed from Professional Secretaries Week and Day in 2000 “to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of today’s administrative workforce,” according to the IAAP.

The profession is significant to Lakisha Morris, 33, of Brooklyn, N.Y., an executive assistant at the human services organization, The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York.

Over a decade ago, Morris was working as a clerical worker at a law firm in New York, part-time and without benefits.

“I was at a job where I didn’t have any benefits and a small child,” she said.  “Being there for nine and a half years, it was time for change.  But I wasn’t ready to go back to college at the time.”

A friend told her about Grace Institute, which provides free job help, including computer skills and business writing, for “underserved” women in New York City.

In late 2006, Morris started attending one of the nine-month programs four days a week at the organization.  She got a job as an administrative assistant with The Catholic Charities.

She said she learned not just business skills from the program but she also received encouragement and a boost to her confidence.

Becoming an administrative assistant was “an important step in my career,” she said.

Morris has since changed titles three times at her current employer, earned a bachelor’s degree and will begin a part-time program in the fall leading to a Master’s degree in public administration.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Is 'Mad Men' Responsible for Increase in Office Secretaries?

Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC(NEW YORK) -- In what may be a case of life imitating art, the popularity of the 1960s-era series Mad Men is being cited as a possible reason for the increase in administrative professionals who have “secretary” in their job titles.

To mark this month’s 60th anniversary of Administrative Professionals Day, the International Association of Administrative Professionals conducted a survey and discovered the number of workers with “secretary” in their titles has nearly doubled in the past two years, going from eight percent to almost 15 percent.

Even though the top two job titles for IAAP members are “executive assistant” at 29 percent, and “administrative assistant” with 25 percent, “administrative secretary” has made it to the top three for the first time in years.

The organization says it’s not totally clear why there are more workers with the title "secretary" but suggests it may be due to a “Mad Men Effect.”  The IAAP theorizes the popular AMC series “may stroke nostalgia for the classic image of the American corporate secretary.”

The International Association of Administrative Professionals survey involved more than 3,300 workers.

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