“Secretary” Still the #1 Job Title For American Women
Women have made great strides in the job market over the past 50 years with more and more females entering the managerial and professional ranks. Still, according to the 2010 United States Census, The Week reports that “secretary” or, as is more often the case today, “administrative assistant” is the number one job title amongst women just as it was in the 1950′s. What are the other most common job titles for women?
Back in the ’50s, women most commonly held positions as secretaries, bank tellers or clerical workers, sales clerks, private household workers and teachers. And in 2010? The top five jobs include secretary holding out at No. 1, then cashier, elementary and middle school teacher, nurse and nursing aide.
The skill set required for today’s secretary or administrative assistant is very different than it was 50 years ago however. Technology has made the position more educationally demanding as businesses grow and keep up with current trends.