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Medical Office Assistant/Specialist

855 Associates's Degrees Annually
2 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#50 in Popularity (Associate's)
$34,540 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical Office Assistant/Specialist Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical office assistant/specialist graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Basic Certificate 3,063
Undergraduate Certificate 1,381
Associate’s Degree 855
Bachelor’s Degree 2

What Medical Office Assistant/Specialist Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to medical office assistant/specialist were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Office Assistant/Specialist Majors

Medical Office Assistant/Specialist majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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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 Office Assistant/Specialist Majors

A major in medical office assistant/specialist prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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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 Office Assistant/Specialist Majors

A major in medical office assistant/specialist will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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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 Office Assistant/Specialist Major?

People with a medical office assistant/specialist 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 Office Assistant/Specialist?

855 Associate's Degrees Annually
94% Percent Women
56% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 94% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical office assistant/specialist majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Office Assistant/Specialist Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 15
Black or African American 259
Hispanic or Latino 152
White 297
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 129

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Medical Office Assistant/Specialist, too. About 0.4% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Medical Office Assistant/Specialist Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $34,540 to $37,090 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to medical office assistant/specialist. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

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 Office Assistant/Specialist Major  ( 34540 to 37090 )
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Some degrees associated with medical office assistant/specialist may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

Find out what the typical degree level is for medical office assistant/specialist careers below.

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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 Office Assistant/Specialist Programs

In 2018-2019, 294 schools offered a medical office assistant/specialist 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) 134 16
Certificate (1-2 years) 148 18
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 1
Associate’s Degree 69 13
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 134 16
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 Office Assistant/Specialist Worth It?

The median salary for a medical office assistant/specialist 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 office assistant/specialist.

Major Number of Grads
Health Care Management 14,779
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 8,933
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary 8,765
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 8,610
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 7,619
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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