We surveyed 16,603 receptionists to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical receptionist. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a receptionist?

Low

High

Working as a receptionist typically doesn’t require the use of high levels of intelligence in daily tasks.

Can I learn to become a receptionist?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a receptionist typically depends predominantly on qualities you can gain through experience, with a small aspect of skills you are born with.

Is it easy to get a job as a receptionist?

Easy

Hard

It’s typically not very difficult to find a job as a receptionist. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for receptionists.

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Do receptionists work full-time or part-time?

56% of receptionists work in full-time roles while 44% work part-time.

Is being a receptionist stressful?

Low

High

Receptionists tend not to find their jobs stressful, which likely contributes positively to career satisfaction.

Is being organized important as a receptionist?

Low

High

Organization is considered a very important trait for receptionists, and is critical to success in the field.

How competitive is the workplace for receptionists?

Low

High

Competition at work is not common for receptionists.

Does being a receptionist require frequent time pressure to complete tasks?

Low

High

Time pressure tends not to be a major contributor of stress for receptionists.

Are receptionists allowed to express themselves creatively?

Low

High

Receptionists rarely get a chance to express themselves creatively.

Do receptionists have control over the direction of their work?

Low

High

Receptionists tend to have a set and inflexible work schedule that they are unable to deviate from too much.

Is being a receptionist physically demanding?

Low

High

Work as a receptionists is rarely physically demanding, making it a suitable option for those unable to perform physically strenuous tasks.

Are receptionists exposed to a wide variety of work?

Low

High

While sometimes repetitive, receptionists tend to have opportunities for variety in their work.

Does being a receptionist require attention to detail?

Low

High

As in many careers, attention to detail is quite helpful for receptionists.

Does being a good receptionist require compassion and empathy?

Low

High

Being compassionate and empathetic is considered helpful to those looking to pursue careers as receptionists.