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H.S. High School


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.

What are Receptionists like?


Based on our pool of users, receptionists tend to be predominately artistic people. Take our career test to see what career interest category best describes you.

Industrial Designers by Strongest Interest Archetype

Based on sample of 1979 Sokanu users

Are Receptionists happy?


Receptionists rank among the least happy careers. Overall they rank in the 12th percentile of careers for satisfaction scores.

Industrial Designer Career Satisfaction by Dimension

Percentile among all careers

Education History of Receptionists

The most common degree held by receptionists is Psychology. 4% of receptionists had a degree in psychology before becoming receptionists. That is over 1 times the average across all careers. Business Management And Administration graduates are the second most common among receptionists, representing 3% of receptionists in the Sokanu user base, which is 0.6 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
Psychology 3.9% 5.2% 0.8×
Business Management And Administration 3.2% 5.3% 0.6×
English Literature 2.8% 3.8% 0.7×
Biology 1.4% 2.7% 0.5×
Drama 1.3% 0.8% 1.7×
Hospitality Management 1.3% 0.6% 2.2×
Communications 1.3% 2.6% 0.5×
Liberal Arts 1.3% 1.3% 1.0×
Sociology 1.3% 1.5% 0.8×
History 1.3% 1.8% 0.7×
Business 1.2% 1.8% 0.6×
Marketing And Marketing Research 1.2% 1.7% 0.7×
Foreign Language Studies 1.1% 1.0% 1.1×
Political Science 1.1% 2.3% 0.5×

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

Think you might be 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!

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  2. Get the Education

    • Delaware Technical Community College-Terry | Dover, DE
      Offers: Associates
    • Delaware Technical Community College-Stanton/Wilmington | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates
    • Delaware State University | Dover, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • University of Delaware | Newark, DE
      Offers: Bachelors
    • Goldey-Beacom College | Wilmington, DE
      Offers: Certificate, Associates, Bachelors
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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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