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Medical Office Computer Specialist

93 Associates's Degrees Annually
#128 in Popularity (Associate's)
$55,050 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical Office Computer Specialist Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical office computer specialist/assistant graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 109
Associate Degree 93
Basic Certificate 22

What Medical Office Computer Specialist Majors Need to Know

O*NET surveyed people in occupations related to medical office computer specialist/assistant and asked them what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. The responses were rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being most important.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • 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.
  • Engineering and Technology - Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Telecommunications - Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.

Skills for Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to medical office computer specialist/assistant:

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  • 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.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Abilities for Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant Majors

As a medical office computer specialist/assistant major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Information Ordering - The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Medical Office Computer Specialist?

93 Associate's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
51% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 81% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 42
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 32
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 17

How Much Do Medical Office Computer Specialist Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $55,050 to $89,580 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to medical office computer specialist/assistant. 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 Office Computer Specialist Major  ( 55050 to 89580 )
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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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Some degrees associated with medical office computer specialist/assistant 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 computer specialist/assistant careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.2%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 15.0%
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) 8.1%
Some College Courses 13.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 12.7%
Bachelor’s Degree 51.0%
Master’s Degree 0.1%

Online Medical Office Computer Specialist Programs

In 2020-2021, 19 schools offered a medical office computer specialist/assistant 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) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 6 3
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 11 1
Bachelor’s Degree 1 1
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
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 Computer Specialist Worth It?

The median salary for a medical office computer specialist/assistant grad is $55,050 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 38% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $303,000 after 20 years!

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Major Number of Grads
Health Care Management 16,886
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 10,149
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 9,623
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 8,186
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary 8,049
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 4,893
Medical Office Management/Administration 3,555
Hospital & Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 3,088
Health Information Management 2,688
Other Health & Medical Administrative Services 1,870
Medical/Health Management & Clinical Assistant/Specialist 1,176
Medical Reception/Receptionist 781
Long Term Care Administration/Management 275
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 198
Clinical Research Coordinator 127
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 94
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician 23
Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor 20
Health/Medical Claims Examiner 15
Disease Registry Data Management 8

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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