Health Occupations
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Medical Secretary

To be a successful Medical Secretary you should…

  • be skilled in new and emerging technology
  • have a working knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy, and physiology
  • be able to make decisions independently and manage your own work and schedule
  • demonstrate strong interpersonal skills

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What will my job be like?

Medical secretaries perform administrative duties in a medical office or in a health-related industry, such as insurance. Familiarity with medical terminology, claims management, and filing procedures is often required. Strong grammar and spelling abilities are essential. Duties may include word processing, data entry, reception and database management, as well as interaction with vendors and patients. Sensitivity to confidential matters is required.

Where could I work?

Most medical secretaries are full-time employees who work a standard 40-hour week. However, office work can lend itself to alternative or flexible working arrangements, such as part-time work or job sharing.

Other workplace settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Physician Offices
  • Schools

What is the average annual salary?


What is the future of this career?

The BLS projects that demand for these professionals will grow by 10-15 percent nationally between 2020 and 2030 — about as fast as the average for all occupations. Expansion of both the health care and social assistance industries, along with an ever-growing patient base will likely contribute to this strong growth, the bureau notes. Federal health care legislation, like the Affordable Care Act, will probably contribute, too, since it boosts the share of Americans with access to health insurance.

What type of education and/or training do I need?

Medical secretaries can receive education through academic programs at many community colleges in the state. However, high school graduates who have basic office skills may qualify for entry-level secretarial positions.

Where can I get the education and/or training?

  • Gateway Community College, New Haven
  • Manchester Community College, Manchester
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury
  • Northwestern Connecticut Community College, Winsted
  • Norwalk Community College, Norwalk
  • Quinebaug Valley Community College, Danielson

Do I need a license or certification for this career?

Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.

Where can I get more information?

International Association of Administrative Professionals
10502 N Ambassador Drive
Kansas City,  MO   64153
(816) 891-6600