|Quick Facts: Receptionists|
|2012 Median Pay||
$25,990 per year
$12.49 per hour
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Work Experience in a Related Occupation||None|
|On-the-job Training||Short-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2012||1,006,700|
|Job Outlook, 2012-22||14% (As fast as average)|
|Employment Change, 2012-22||135,900|
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 and personal care services, including physicians’ and dentists’ offices and hair salons. About 1 in 3 worked part time in 2012.
Receptionists typically need a high school diploma and good communication skills.
The median hourly wage for receptionists was $12.49 in May 2012.
Employment of receptionists is projected to grow 14 percent from 2012 to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Overall job opportunities should be good. Those with related work experience and good computer skills should have the best job prospects.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of receptionists with similar occupations.
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