Medical Secretaries

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.

Median Annual Wage: $32,240

Education: Some college, no degree (41%); High school diploma or equivalent (37%); Post-secondary certificate (20%)

Projected Growth: Much faster than average (22% or higher)

Related Job Titles: Billing Coordinator; Admissions Coordinator; Medical Secretary; Unit Support Representative; Health Unit Coordinator; Medical Office Specialist; Patient Coordinator; Physician Office Specialist; Unit Secretary; Ward Clerk

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Medical Secretaries.

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  • Schedule and confirm patient diagnostic appointments, surgeries, or medical consultations.
  • Operate office equipment, such as voice mail messaging systems, and use word processing, spreadsheet, or other software applications to prepare reports, invoices, financial statements, letters, case histories, or medical records.
  • Maintain medical records, technical library, or correspondence files.
  • Greet visitors, ascertain purpose of visit, and direct them to appropriate staff.
  • Compile and record medical charts, reports, or correspondence, using typewriter or personal computer.
  • Receive and route messages or documents, such as laboratory results, to appropriate staff.
  • Transmit correspondence or medical records by mail, e-mail, or fax.
  • Perform various clerical or administrative functions, such as ordering and maintaining an inventory of supplies.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Medical Secretaries.

  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Time Management - Managing one's own time and the time of others.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Medical Secretaries.

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