Medical Secretaries

Medical secretaries perform administrative and clerical work in medical offices, hospitals, or private physicians' offices. They answer phone calls, order supplies, handle correspondence, bill patients, complete insurance forms, and transcribe dictation. Medical secretaries also handle bookkeeping, greet patients, schedule appointments, arrange hospital admissions, and schedule surgeries. There are approximately 512,970 medical secretaries employed throughout the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Perform administrative and clerical work in medical offices, hospitals, or private physicians' offices
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist in all regions, but are best in metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
School Subjects
  • English
  • Health
  • Speech
Experience Part-time experience
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Organized
  • Outgoing
Skills
  • Computer
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
Certification or Licensing Recommended
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Medical Record Technician or Unit Manager
  • Senior Secretary or Office Manager
  • Medical Secretary

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