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Question #38520 posted on 08/18/2007 3:01 a.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

what is the difference between a receptionist, a secretary, and an administrative assistant?

-after today, I don't want to be any of them.

A: Dear joker,

Oh wait, I think I've heard this one... One makes files and the other fakes miles. No wait. One blabs on phones and the other flabs on bones? No, dang it! Oh, I know - one smiles, one files, and the other dials.

-=Optimus Prime=-
A: Dear Gertrude,

In short, but longer than OP's answer, a receptionist receives--any questions or arrivals are met first by her and she then directs from there. A secretary does filing, typing, dictation, and office work as needed by those she keeps an office for. An administrative assistant, as far as I can tell, is a slightly more professional and independent worker than a secretary--she (okay, or he) can function a bit more independently in her office work than the secretary. She might make more executive decisions or just have a bit more responsibility than a secretary. The title has become more politically correct than that of secretary as well.

-Kicks and Giggles, glorified office worker extraordinaire