Medical secretaries -- sometimes called medical administrative assistants -- are often the right hand of the physician who needs to focus on practicing medicine. With educational preparation that varies from a high school diploma and on-job training or post-secondary certificate to a bachelor’s degree, medical secretaries handle clerical and financial tasks in a medical office, clinic or hospital.
Juggling Multiple Balls
The medical secretary is typically responsible for all clerical tasks, which can include patient scheduling, medical record management, transcribing medical dictation, and arranging for patients to have surgery or to be admitted to a hospital. In addition, she might perform typical secretarial tasks such as filing, typing letters, or ordering office supplies. In some medical offices, the secretary also performs billing tasks. She might also act as the office receptionist, especially in a small practice. The job outlook for medical secretaries is excellent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a projected growth rate of 36 percent through 2022 -- more than three times as fast as average. Medical secretaries earned an average annual salary of $33,140 in 2013, according to the BLS.