Secretaries, Recorders and Transcriptionists

All secretaries perform a variety of administrative duties in support of managerial and professional employers, including government departments and agencies, schools, private business, corporations, law firms and health facilities. Secretaries may answer phones, take messages, maintain filing systems and type correspondence, reports, invoices and related materials. Secretaries may be required to maintain information flow through the opening and distributing of all incoming mail and other correspondence.They may also be required to use computer applications to undertake internet searches, create or format presentations, prepare routine correspondence, and compile data, statistics and other information.


  • High school diploma.
  • College or technical school in office administration may be required for entry level positions.
  • Legal and medical secretaries require specialized training where they learn terminology. Training may include a practicum.

Future Prospects:

These occupations will have sustained increases in employment over the next few years, peaking in 2017. Subsequently, employment growth will level out, and most new employment opportunities will continue into the future.

Job Prospects

Current Workforce:

Approximately 97.9% of workers in this occupational group are women. About 57.9% of employees working in these occupations live in Yellowknife, 23.6% live in the regional centres of Inuvik, Hay River and Fort Smith and 19.0% live in other communities. About 64.0% are employed in the Public Administration industry and 11.6% in the Health Care and Social Assistance sector.