Receptionists perform administrative tasks, such as answering phones, receiving visitors, and providing general information about their organization to the public and customers.
Although receptionists are employed in nearly every industry, many work in healthcare, veterinary, and personal care services. About 3 in 10 worked part time in 2014.
Receptionists typically need a high school diploma and good communication skills.
The median hourly wage for receptionists was $13.12 in May 2015.
Employment of receptionists is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. Overall job opportunities should be very good. Those with related work experience and experience using computers should have the best job prospects.
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