Administrative Professionals Day in the United States
Administrative Professionals Day® highlights the important role of administrative professionals in all sectors of the modern economy worldwide. It is on the Wednesday of Administrative Professionals Week®, which is on the last full week of April.
Celebrate Administrative Professionals Day
Administrative Professionals Day and Administrative Professionals Week are widely observed in many workplaces in the United States and other countries around the world. Many employers and supervisors arrange events to show their appreciation of the work carried out by administrative professionals, to highlight their importance to the organization and to enhance their work-related skills.
Administrative Professionals Day is an observance but it is not a public holiday in the United States.
About Administrative Professionals Day
During World War II, there was an increased need for skilled administrative personnel, particularly in the United States. The National Secretaries Association was formed to recognize the contributions of secretaries and other administrative personnel to the economy, to support their personal development and to help attract people to administrative careers in the field. The association's name was changed to Professional Secretaries International in 1981 and, finally, the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) in 1998.
These changes in name reflected the changing nature of the tasks, qualifications and responsibilities of the members of the organization. IAAP now has an international orientation and continues to provide education and training and set standards of excellence recognized by the business community on a global perspective. The organization's vision is "to inspire and equip all administrative professionals to attain excellence".
The first National Secretaries Week was organized in 1952 in conjunction with the United States Department of Commerce and various office supply and equipment manufacturers. The Wednesday of that week became known as National Secretaries Day. As the organization gained international recognition, the events became known as Professional Secretaries Week® and Professional Secretaries Day®. In 2000, IAAP announced that names of the week and the day were changed to Administrative Professionals Week and Administrative Professionals Day to keep pace with changing job titles and expanding responsibilities of the modern administrative workforce. Many work environments across the world observe this event.
Administrative Professionals Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where It is Observed|
|Wed||Apr 21||2010||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 27||2011||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 25||2012||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 24||2013||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 23||2014||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 22||2015||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 27||2016||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 26||2017||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 25||2018||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 24||2019||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 22||2020||Administrative Professionals Day||Observance|
Quick FactsAdministrative Professionals Day® is on the Wednesday of the last full week of April. It remembers the important role of administrative professionals.
Administrative Professionals Day 2016Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Administrative Professionals Day 2017Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Name in other languages
|Administrative Professionals Day||English|
|Día de las Profesiones Administrativas||Spanish|
|יום 'אנשי המקצוע מנהלית||Hebrew|
|يوم المهنيين الإدارية||Arabic|
|행정 전문가 옵션의 날||Korean|
|Administrative yrkers dag||Norwegian|
|Tag der Verwaltung||German|
- Employee Appreciation Day – Friday, March 4, 2016
- Boss's Day – Monday, October 17, 2016
- Labor Day – Monday, September 5, 2016
Other holidays in April 2017 in the United States
- Pascua Florida Day – Sunday, April 2, 2017
- Pascua Florida Day – Monday, April 3, 2017
- National Tartan Day – Thursday, April 6, 2017
- Palm Sunday – Sunday, April 9, 2017
- Passover (first day) – Tuesday, April 11, 2017
- Maundy Thursday – Thursday, April 13, 2017
- Orthodox Good Friday – Friday, April 14, 2017
- Holy Saturday – Saturday, April 15, 2017
- Orthodox Easter – Sunday, April 16, 2017
- Orthodox Easter Monday – Monday, April 17, 2017
- Last Day of Passover – Tuesday, April 18, 2017
- San Jacinto Day – Friday, April 21, 2017
- Oklahoma Day – Saturday, April 22, 2017
- Yom HaShoah – Monday, April 24, 2017
- State Holiday – Wednesday, April 26, 2017
- Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – Thursday, April 27, 2017
- Arbor Day – Friday, April 28, 2017