Where would the world be without administrative assistants? As the official day to celebrate and thank those who answer our phones, interact with our clients on a day-to-day basis and are on hand to perform duties necessary to keep office procedure flowing smoothly, Administrative Professionals' Day is not just another holiday created by greeting card companies but a time to remember the person who, in reality, serves as the face of any business.

Created by businessman Harry F. Klemfuss in 1952 and what was then known as Secretary's Day, Klemfuss designated a time to recognize the hard work of the women in his office. 44 years later, while the name and date has changed (It now falls on the final Wednesday in April), the sentiment remains the same.

According to the International Association of Administrative Professionals, more than 4,126,000 administrative assistants and secretaries work within the U.S., and approximately 255,000 administrative assistant and secretarial positions will be added in the U.S. between 2004 and 2014, representing growth of 6.2 percent.

Administrative professionals are also starting to be recognized for their ever-growing wide range of duties, with pay increases.

The IAAP surveyed their members in 2005 and found that 45 percent of their participants earn more than $40,000 per year in base salary, compared to 33 percent in 2002 and eight percent in 1997.

So thank your professional today for their hard work, dedication and loyalty. A little acknowledgment always goes a long way.