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Medical Secretaries in California

May also be called: Dental Secretaries; Medical Administrative Specialists; Medical Office Receptionists; Medical Office Secretaries; Medical Receptionists

What Would I Do?

Medical Secretaries provide administrative or clerical support to physicians or other health professionals. They schedule appointments and make sure the office runs smoothly. Their work involves knowledge of medical terminology, insurance rules, billing practices, office equipment, computers, and hospital or laboratory procedures.

Medical Secretaries usually work in an office environment. They often sit for long periods using computer software. Most work a standard 40 hours a week.

Will This Job Fit Me?

The job of Medical Secretary will appeal to those who enjoy activities that are organized, clearly defined, and require accuracy and attention to detail.

What Wages and Benefits Can I Expect?

Salaries vary a great deal, often reflecting differences in skill, experience, and level of responsibility. Certification in this field may be rewarded by a higher salary.

The median wage in 2015 for Medical Secretaries in California was $36,675 annually, or $17.64 hourly. The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more and half earn less.

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Annual Wages for 2015Low
(25th percentile)
Median
(50th percentile)
High
(75th percentile)
California$29,511$36,675$46,286
Source: EDD/LMID Occupational Employment Statistics Survey, 2015 Wages do not reflect self-employment.
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Employers may provide health and life insurance, sick leave, vacation, and retirement plans.

What is the Job Outlook?

Health care industry jobs such as Medical Secretaries can expect positive job growth. Opportunities should be very good for those with knowledge of medical terminology and computer skills.

How Do I Qualify?

Most employers require Medical Secretaries to have a high school diploma or the equivalent. Some employers will train workers with good office skills to become a Medical Secretary. However, most employers prefer a candidate with knowledge of medical office procedure and medical terminology. Community colleges, vocational programs, and business schools provide training programs for Medical Secretaries.

Finding a Job

Direct application to employers remains one of the most effective job search methods. Medical Secretaries can also register with their school placement center for job opportunities. Classified ads, journals, and the Internet provide additional sources for job listings. Those interested in working on a temporary basis may also contact temporary agencies.  Online job opening systems include JobCentral at www.jobcentral.com and CalJOBSSM at www.caljobs.ca.gov.

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