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Nearly 4 million secretaries are employed throughout the United States, making this profession one of the largest in the country. Of this total, 776,600 work as executive secretaries and administrative assistants, 215,500 specialize as legal secretaries, and 527,600 work as medical secretaries. Secretaries are employed in almost every type of industry—from health care, banking, financial services, and real estate to construction, manufacturing, transportation, communications, and retail and wholesale trade. A large number of secretaries are employed by federal, state, and local government agencies.

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