Receptionists work in a variety of organisations, such as medical centres, law and accounting firms, retail and wholesale firms, factories, travel agencies, hotels, motels, hospitals, schools and in professional offices.
Experience in a variety of clerical duties may be needed for advancement into other areas of administration. These areas include accounts, secretarial, data processing, word processing and administration.
There is strong competition for positions that do not require experience. Part-time work is becoming more common. Employment prospects are currently good and are enhanced for those with formal qualifications. Even though technology has changed the type of work receptionists do it has not changed employment prospects in the medium term. It is a very large occupational grouping with opportunities in all industry sectors.