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Medical Administration/ Assistant

2,788 Associates's Degrees Annually
0 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#18 in Popularity (Associate's)
$34,540 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical Administration/ Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 2,976
Basic Certificate 2,908
Associate’s Degree 2,881

What Medical Administration/ Assistant Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Majors

medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others’ reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Abilities for Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Medical Administration/ Assistant Major?

People with a medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Medical Assistants 29.0% $33,610
Medical Secretaries 22.5% $35,760

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Medical Administration/ Assistant?

2,881 Associate's Degrees Annually
96% Percent Women
48% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 96% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 58
Black or African American 824
Hispanic or Latino 397
White 1,111
International Students 4
Other Races/Ethnicities 487

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary. About 0.1% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Medical Administration/ Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant and Medical Secretary majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $34,540 to $37,090 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for a Medical Administration/ Assistant Major  ( 34540 to 37090 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 24.4%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 42.3%
Some College Courses 25.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 9.8%

Online Medical Administration/ Assistant Programs

In 2018-2019, 408 schools offered a medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 164 20
Certificate (1-2 years) 199 28
Certificate (2-4 Years) 3 1
Associate’s Degree 214 40
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 164 20
Master’s Degree 0 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Medical Administration/ Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary grad is $34,540 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical administrative/executive assistant and medical secretary.

Major Number of Grads
Health Care Management 14,779
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 8,933
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 8,610
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 7,619
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 5,301
Medical Office Management/Administration 3,769
Hospital & Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 3,177
Health Information Management 2,233
Other Health & Medical Administrative Services 1,994
Medical/Health Management & Clinical Assistant/Specialist 1,258
Medical Reception/Receptionist 745
Long Term Care Administration/Management 269
Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant 268
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 186
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 182
Clinical Research Coordinator 101
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician 28
Health/Medical Claims Examiner 14
Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor 4

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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