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Receptionist Education Requirements

Receptionists generally need a high school diploma or its equivalent. Most receive their training on the job. They learn how to operate the telephone system and computers and learn the proper procedures for greeting visitors. While many of these skills can be learned quickly, those who give information to the public or customers may need several weeks to learn details about the organization.

Employers often look for applicants who know spreadsheets, word processing software, or other industry-specific software applications. Some employers may prefer applicants who have some formal office education or training.

Education History of Receptionists

The most common degree held by receptionists is English Literature. 4 percent of receptionists had a degree in english literature before becoming receptionists. That is over 2 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among receptionists, representing 3 percent of receptionists in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.9 times the average.

Receptionist Education History

This table shows which degrees people earn before becoming a Receptionist, compared to how often those degrees are obtained by people who earn at least one post secondary degree.

Degree % of receptionists % of population Multiple
English Literature 3.6%
2.1%
1.7×
Business Management And Administration 3.3%
3.5%
0.9×
Psychology 3.2%
2.9%
1.1×
Communications 2.3%
1.6%
1.4×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.5%
1.1%
1.4×
Hospitality Management 1.5%
0.4%
3.9×
Sociology 1.5%
0.9%
1.7×
Biology 1.4%
1.6%
0.9×
Liberal Arts 1.4%
0.7%
1.8×
Political Science 1.4%
1.3%
1.0×
Drama 1.1%
0.4%
2.5×
Business 1.1%
1.0%
1.1×
History 1.1%
0.9%
1.1×

Receptionist Education Levels

67% of receptionists have a high school diploma. 24% of receptionists have an associate's degree.

No education 7%
High school diploma 67%
Associate's degree 24%
Bachelor's degree 3%
Master's degree 0%
Doctorate degree 0%

How to Become a Receptionist

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  2. Get the Education

    A high school education is required to be a Receptionist.

  3. Get Hired

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Further Reading

  • How To Become A Receptionist www.bls.gov

    Although hiring requirements vary by industry and employer, receptionists typically need a high school diploma and good communication skills.

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How to Become a Receptionist

Interested in becoming a receptionist? Here are your next steps.

  1. Take the Sokanu Career Test

    Would you make a good receptionist? Sokanu's free assessment reveals how compatible you are with a career across 5 dimensions!

    Take the free career test
  2. Get the Education

    A high school education is required to be a Receptionist.

  3. Get Hired

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    View all jobs →

    Would you like to post jobs on this career? Find the best candidates using Sokanu's new psychometric job platform. Visit employers.sokanu.com today.