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Occupational Report for Medical Secretaries (43-6013) , Oregon Statewide
Occupational Description

Perform secretarial duties using specific knowledge of medical terminology and hospital, clinic, or laboratory procedures. Duties may include scheduling appointments, billing patients, and compiling and recording medical charts, reports, and correspondence.

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Medical Secretaries
Employment Outlook for Medical Secretaries
Statewide Employment Analysis Employment in this occupation in 2012 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

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Current Employment Department Job Openings for Medical Secretaries There are 191 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.
Job Title Date Posted Location Wage Offered
Patient Access Rep Full Time at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, OR 10/31/14 Roseburg
Patient Access Rep Part Time at Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg, OR 10/31/14 Roseburg
Receptionist in Dental office 10/31/14 Eugene
Insurance Varification Clerk for dental office 10/31/14 Eugene
Part-Time Facility / Clinical Administrative Assistant 10/31/14 Roseburg
Behavioral Health Data Coordinator 10/30/14 Siletz $15.44/hr
Clinic - Medical Office Receptionist 10/30/14 Corvallis
Medical Front Office Receptionist and Scheduling Clerk 10/29/14 Roseburg DOE
Patient Access Representative (Relief) 10/29/14 Florence $12.40/hr
Medical Front Desk 10/29/14 Roseburg DOE
Credentialing Specialist - Fremont Building 10/29/14 Portland
Medical Support Assistant Inpatient Services 10/28/14 Roseburg
Medical Office Scheduler (EAST) 10/27/14 Portland DOE
Clinic - Medical Office Receptionist 10/26/14 Newport
Clinic - Medical Office Receptionist 10/26/14 Newport
Referral Coordinator 10/26/14 Portland
Clinic - Medical Office Receptionist 10/26/14 Corvallis
Medical Office Scheduler (Adventist) 10/25/14 Portland DOE
CNA/Unit Secretary - Med/Surg/ICU - Madras 10/24/14 Madras
CNA/Unit Secretary - Med/Surg/ICU - Madras 10/23/14 Madras
Medical Office Receptionist 10/22/14 Klamath Falls DOE
Scheduling Coordinator - Clackamas Oncology Center, Portland 10/22/14 Clackamas
Patient Services Representative 10/22/14 Eugene
Medical Support Assistant Inpatient Services 10/21/14 Roseburg
Clinic - Medical Office Receptionist 10/21/14 Corvallis
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Job Openings from the Web for Medical Secretaries The following job openings have been automatically extracted from various sites across the Web. These links are provided as supplemental resources. However, the Employment Department cannot validate these openings nor endorse any of these external sites. Some of these jobs may no longer be open. In some cases, a single opening may be posted on multiple sites.

There are 122 current openings for this occupation. Openings 1 through 26 are listed below.

Job Title Date Posted Location Employer
PT MEDICAL OFFICE 10/30/14 Coos Bay
Patient Access Rep II - KSMC (On Call) 10/29/14 Clackamas Kaiser Permanente
Medical Support Assistant (Patient Services Unit) 10/29/14 Portland Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration
Billing Coordinator 10/29/14 Dallas EmCare Inc.
Medical Support Assistant (MSA) 10/29/14 Roseburg Department of Veterans Affairs
Medical Support Assistant Inpatient Services 10/29/14 Roseburg Department of Veterans Affairs
Clinic Support Specialist 10/29/14 Portland Outside In
Patient Access Specialist- (On-Call) 10/29/14 Clackamas Kaiser Permanente
Dental Member Assistant 10/29/14 Tigard Kaiser Permanente
Patient Acess Rep II - KWMC (On Call) 10/29/14 Hillsboro Kaiser Permanente
SPEC UNIT 10/29/14 Clackamas Kaiser Permanente
Unit Specialist - L&D 10/29/14 Clackamas Kaiser Permanente
Dental Member Assistant (On-Call) 10/29/14 Clackamas Kaiser Permanente
Dental Member Assistant 10/29/14 Tigard Kaiser Permanente
SPEC UNIT 10/29/14 Clackamas Kaiser Permanente
Dental Member Assistant - On-call 10/29/14 Hillsboro Kaiser Permanente
Dental Member Assistant 10/29/14 Portland Kaiser Permanente
Team Support Secretary- Ontario - FT 10/28/14 Ontario Saint Alphonsus Medical Center
Insurance Varification Clerk for dental office 10/28/14 Eugene OfficeTeam
Full-time Administrative Assistant 10/28/14 King City Signature Home Health
Clinic - Medical Office Receptionist 10/27/14 Albany Samaritan Albany General Hospital
Credentialing Specialist - Fremont Building 10/27/14 Portland LEGACY HEALTH CARE
Medical Support Assistant Inpatient Services 10/26/14 Roseburg Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Administration
Patient Access Rep - Good Samaritan Medical Center 10/25/14 Portland LEGACY HEALTH CARE
Dental Member Assistant 10/25/14 Portland Kaiser Permanente
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State of Oregon License Information for Medical Secretaries No statewide license is required for this occupation.
Wages for Medical Secretaries
Region ---------------- 2014 Wages ----------------
Percentiles (hourly wages) Avg
Hourly
($/hr)
Avg
Annual
10th 25th 50th
(median)
75th 90th
Oregon Statewide $12.04 $13.58 $16.17 $19.10 $22.86 $16.79 $34,919
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 10.43 11.57 13.72 16.38 18.45 14.10 29,327
Multnomah / Washington 12.79 14.76 17.38 20.89 24.21 17.91 37,260
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 12.35 13.51 15.56 18.37 21.71 16.18 33,657
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 11.23 12.89 14.93 17.59 20.69 15.47 32,191
Lane 11.35 13.48 16.18 18.58 22.93 17.36 36,099
Douglas 10.65 12.22 13.96 16.68 19.98 14.79 30,773
Coos / Curry 11.32 13.32 16.12 18.44 22.45 16.34 33,990
Jackson / Josephine 11.16 12.88 14.99 17.70 21.19 15.62 32,499
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 10.76 12.59 14.83 17.95 22.52 15.66 32,592
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 12.22 13.46 15.67 18.46 21.59 16.32 33,948
Klamath / Lake 9.84 10.98 13.33 17.94 21.85 14.59 30,342
Morrow / Umatilla 11.79 13.05 14.89 18.80 22.08 16.01 33,304
Baker / Union / Wallowa 10.83 12.27 13.72 15.44 17.65 13.96 29,035
Grant / Harney / Malheur 10.06 10.93 12.66 15.96 21.48 14.14 29,397
Clackamas 12.42 13.97 17.06 20.80 23.13 17.39 36,154
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Regional Employment Projections for Medical Secretaries
Region Employment Change % Change Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 12,382 16,167 3,785 30.6% 378 149 527
Multnomah / Washington 4,610 6,152 1,542 33.4% 154 56 210
Marion / Polk / Yamhill 1,266 1,670 404 31.9% 40 15 55
Jackson / Josephine 1,265 1,665 400 31.6% 40 15 55
Lane 1,157 1,447 290 25.1% 29 14 43
Benton / Lincoln / Linn 784 947 163 20.8% 16 9 25
Crook / Deschutes / Jefferson 759 1,031 272 35.8% 27 9 36
Clackamas 754 952 198 26.3% 20 9 29
Douglas 322 409 87 27.0% 9 4 13
Coos / Curry 249 306 57 22.9% 6 3 9
Klamath / Lake 195 240 45 23.1% 4 2 6
Clatsop / Columbia / Tillamook 189 238 49 25.9% 5 2 7
Gilliam / Hood River / Sherman / Wheeler / Wasco 180 227 47 26.1% 5 2 7
Morrow / Umatilla 176 226 50 28.4% 5 2 7
Baker / Union / Wallowa 126 160 34 27.0% 3 2 5
Grant / Harney / Malheur 112 136 24 21.4% 2 1 3

These estimates do not include self-employment. Replacement openings are caused by existing workers permanently leaving their occupation. Many additional job openings occur due to job changes within occupations.
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Industries of Employment for Medical Secretaries
Industry
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Ownership 2012
Employment
Total All Industries All 12,382
Total All Industries Private 11,843
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 303
Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Private 247
Management of Companies and Enterprises Private 197
Health Care and Social Assistance Private 11,221
Ambulatory Health Care Services Private 8,761
Offices of Physicians Private 4,309
Offices of Dentists Private 2,234
Offices of Other Health Practitioners Private 1,716
Outpatient Care Centers Private 289
Medical and Diagnostic Laboratories Private 175
Hospitals Private 2,399
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals Private 2,329
Total All Industries Local 508
Educational Services Local 404
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools Local 398
Educational Requirements for Medical Secretaries The typical entry level education for this occupation is a high school diploma or equivalent. Those with a postsecondary non-degree award have a competitive advantage in the labor market. In addition, moderate-term on-the-job training is typically needed, once employed, to attain competency in the skills needed in this occupation.
Skills for Medical Secretaries
  • Apply Confidentiality Procedures
  • Assist Co-Workers With Software Usage And Problems
  • Complete Patient Insurance Forms
  • Compose Business Correspondence
  • Develop New Office Forms
  • Enter Medical Insurance Billings
  • Enter Transactions In Journal Or Other Similar Accounting Record
  • Evaluate And Prioritize Incoming Telephone Calls
  • Follow Medical Office Procedures
  • Interpret And Apply Medical Billing Regulations
  • Keep A Telephone Log
  • Maintain Administrative Services Procedures Manual
  • Maintain And Compile Medical Records And Charts
  • Maintain Appointment Calendar
  • Maintain Inventory Of Office Forms
  • Maintain Reference Library
  • Obtain Information From Clients, Customers, Patients Or Others
  • Order Office Supplies
  • Organize And Work With Detailed Records
  • Organize Office Processes
  • Perform Secretarial Duties
  • Perform Typing Or Data Entry For Extended Time Periods
  • Prepare Billing Statements
  • Process And Prepare Business Forms
  • Process Medical Records
  • Process Records And Maintain Forms And Files
  • Proofread, Edit, And Revise Written Materials
  • Provide Clerical Assistance To Physicians And Other Medical Practitioners
  • Provide Customer Service Using Telephone
  • Retrieve Files And Charts
  • Schedule Appointments
  • Take And Edit Meeting Notes
  • Take Detailed, Accurate Messages
  • Take Dictation
  • Transcribe Spoken, Recorded Or Written Information
  • Type Letters And Other Correspondence
  • Use Centricity Emr Software
  • Use Computers To Enter, Access And Retrieve Data
  • Use Correct Grammar, Punctuation And Spelling
  • Use Medical Office Management Software
  • Use Medical Record Coding Systems Such As Icd9 Or Cpt Codes
  • Use Medical Terminology
  • Use Proofreading Symbols
  • Use Shorthand
Schools and Training Providers for Medical Secretaries The training providers listed below offer programs related to this occupation. This information is updated once per year. Anyone interested in a particular program should check with the training institution regarding its availability. Listing these training providers does not necessarily constitute or imply their endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the State of Oregon.

Everest Institute
9600 SW Oak, 4th Floor
Tigard, OR 97223-6583
Phone: (503) 892-8100
Programs of Training:
Heald College-Portland
6035 NE 78th Ct.
Portland, OR 97218
Phone: (503) 505-5428
Programs of Training:
Linn-Benton Community College
6500 Pacific Blvd SW
Albany, OR 97321
Phone: (541) 917-4999
Programs of Training:
Chemeketa Community College
4000 Lancaster Dr NE
Salem, OR 97305
Phone: (503) 399-5000
Programs of Training:
Concorde Career College-Portland
1425 NE Irvine St Bldg 300
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 281-4181
Programs of Training:
Carrington College-Portland
2004 Lloyd Center, 3rd Floor
Portland, OR 97232-1309
Phone: (503) 761-6400
Programs of Training:
Southwestern Oregon Community College
1988 Newmark Ave
Coos Bay, OR 97420-2193
Phone: (541) 888-2525
Programs of Training:
Tongue Point Job Corps Center
37573 Old Highway 30
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: (503) 325-2131
Programs of Training:
Institute of Technology, Inc.
4700 Silverton Rd NE
Salem, OR 97305-2946
Phone: (503) 363-9001
Programs of Training:
Mt Hood Community College
26000 SE Stark St
Gresham, OR 97030
Phone: (503) 491-6422
Programs of Training:
Everest College-Portland
425 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 222-3225
Programs of Training:
Blue Mountain Community College
2411 NW Carden Ave
Pendleton, OR 97801
Phone: (541) 276-1260
Programs of Training:
Treasure Valley Community College
650 College Blvd
Ontario, OR 97914
Phone: (541) 881-8822
Programs of Training:
Clackamas Community College
19600 Molalla Ave
Oregon City, OR 97045-8980
Phone: (503) 657-6958 x2313
Programs of Training:
Umpqua Community College
1140 College Rd.
Roseburg, OR 97470-226
Phone: (541) 440-4600
Programs of Training:
Career Pathway Roadmaps for Medical Secretaries These Oregon community colleges have defined career pathway roadmaps to facilitate entry into this occupation:

Blue Mountain Community College
Chemeketa Community College
Clackamas Community College
Clatsop Community College
Klamath Community College
Mt Hood Community College
Portland Community College
Rogue Community College
Southwestern Oregon Community College
Tillamook Bay Community College
Umpqua Community College
Related Occupations The scores listed below indicates how closely the skills for Medical Secretaries matches the occupation in the list. A score of 100% means the occupations have identical skill sets. A maximum of 10 occupations are displayed below.
Occupation Skill Overlap
Legal Secretaries 45%
Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, And Executive 43%
Executive Secretaries And Executive Administrative Assistants 41%
Office And Administrative Support Workers, All Other 38%
Medical Transcriptionists 34%