As an executive secretary, you may work in schools, hospitals, legal, and corporate offices. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 9 out of 10 executive assistants work for service-providing industries, such as education, health, government, and retail trade. The basic training for an executive assistant is through a combination of classes and general office experience. Most business schools and colleges offer a two-year program for an associate's degree. You may be required to take classes in bookkeeping, word-processing, business communication, and time management. It may be necessary to continue your education and retrain as technology evolves. There are also several certifications available to enhance your qualifications. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Certification in this field usually is rewarded by a higher salary."