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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 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Associate Degree 147
Undergraduate Certificate 70
Basic Certificate 26

What Medical Office Computer Specialist Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, medical office computer specialist/assistant 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 Office Computer Specialist/Assistant Majors

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

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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

When studying medical office computer specialist/assistant, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a medical office computer specialist/assistant student include the following:

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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
73% Percent Women
37% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 73% 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 41
Hispanic or Latino 6
White 22
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 76

How Much Do Medical Office Computer Specialist Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $55,050 to $89,580 (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 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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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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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. 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 office computer specialist/assistant have obtained the following education levels.

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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 the 2019-2020 academic year, 18 schools offered some type of medical office computer specialist/assistant program. 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 2
Certificate (2-4 Years) 1 0
Associate’s Degree 11 1
Bachelor’s Degree 0 0
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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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 28,132
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 8,648
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 8,607
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary 8,181
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 6,986
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 4,793
Hospital & Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 4,284
Medical Office Management/Administration 3,474
Health Information Management 2,978
Other Health & Medical Administrative Services 2,148
Medical/Health Management & Clinical Assistant/Specialist 1,087
Medical Reception/Receptionist 693
Long Term Care Administration/Management 409
Clinical Research Coordinator 303
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 141
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 114
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician 28
Health/Medical Claims Examiner 15
Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor 12
Disease Registry Data Management 10

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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