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Medical Office Computer Specialist

147 Associates's Degrees Annually
#117 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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate’s Degree 147
Undergraduate Certificate 104
Basic Certificate 17

What Medical Office Computer Specialist Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to medical office computer specialist/assistant 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 Computer Specialist/Assistant Majors

Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant majors often go into careers in which the following 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

medical office computer specialist/assistant majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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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

Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant majors often go into careers where the following abilities are vital:

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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?

147 Associate's Degrees Annually
68% Percent Women
44% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This major is dominated by women with about 68% of recent graduates being 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 3
Black or African American 53
Hispanic or Latino 3
White 41
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 47

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 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 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 careers associated with medical office computer specialist/assistant 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.

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 2018-2019, 22 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) 7 2
Certificate (1-2 years) 7 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 13 2
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
Post-Baccalaureate 7 2
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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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical office computer specialist/assistant.

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 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 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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