Medical Secretaries

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What do they do?

Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.

Also known as:

Administrative Assistant, Admissions Coordinator, Billing Coordinator, Front Office Coordinator, Health Unit Coordinator, Medical Office Specialist, Medical Receptionist, Medical Secretary, Patient Coordinator, Physician Office Specialist, Scheduler, Unit Clerk, Unit Secretary, Unit Support Representative, Ward Clerk

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Medical Secretaries is projected to grow 3 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 3.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #19 in job growth rate
  • 1,070

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #22 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (0.6%)
  • Master's degree (3.6%)
  • Bachelor's degree (19.8%)
  • Associate's degree (14.7%)
  • Some college, no degree (32%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (26.8%)
  • Less than high school diploma (2.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Answer telephones to direct calls or provide information.
  • Schedule appointments.
  • Operate office equipment.
  • Operate computers or computerized equipment.
  • Interview employees, customers, or others to collect information.
  • Maintain medical records.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

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