Medical Secretary

Occupation Information table
Overview: Medical secretaries coordinate the business transactions occurring in a physician's office. They control the recording and flow of information between the physicians and their patients, medical laboratories, hospitals and insurance companies.
Duties: Prepare and organize reports for physicians regarding patients' diagnoses, laboratory tests and prescribed treatments. They keep records of prescriptions and surgery or procedures performed.

Use computer systems to calculate fees and generate invoices for patients and the documents needed to coordinate a patient's insurance claims. Pay invoices received by the doctor's office.

They type the physician's professional correspondence. Attend medical meetings held by physicians and summarizes the meeting proceedings and conclusions with typed reports.

They assess new computer-based software system for organizing and classifying physician's records and business transactions. They decide which software to purchase.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Medical Office Assistant 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 14% or higher from 2018 to 2028, which is much faster than the average projected growth for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $32,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires a High School Degree, plus additional coursework in a vocational or technical school. In some cases, employers may require an Associate Degree.
Additional Training/Education: Physicians' offices, hospitals, medical laboratories and clinics prefer to hire applicants for medical secretary positions who have an associate degree, or equivalent, from a college or a business school. The study program must prepare you to work in the medical field and provide you with computer application skills.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Having a routine job where the duties are very predictable and not likely to change over a long period of time.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .

* For New York salary data information .

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.