Tuesday Open Line

Tomorrow is Administrative Professionals Day, a time to recognize a job well done and to promote the growth and training required by today’s fast-changing and highly technical workplace. For years, the observance was known as Secretaries’ Day. The change in name reflects the change in the nature of these jobs. These positions were once thought of mainly as message takers, typists, and coffee makers, rewarded once a year with lunch and a humorous greeting card. The job of an administrative professional has evolved into a complex role, closely tied to the field of office automation. Across the nation, the Census Bureau’s current population survey finds there are more than 3 million people in these demanding jobs, all but 4 percent of them women. Profile America is in its 16th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.