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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.
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.
The BLS projects that demand for these professionals will grow by 36 percent nationally between 2012 and 2022 — much faster than the average for all U.S. occupations. Rapid expansion of both the health care and social assistance industries, along with an ever-growing patient base will likely contribute to this strong growths. Federal health care legislation, like the Affordable Care Act, will probably contribute, as well, since it boosts the share of Americans with access to health insurance.
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.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
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