Medical Administrative Specialists perform routine clerical and organizational tasks. They organize files, draft messages, schedule appointments, and support other staff. Carl Sandburg College offers a certificate program designed to prepare students with the skills needed for medical office work, including keyboarding, electronic health records, word processing, medical terminology, medical coding, medical machine transcription and communication skills.
Working Conditions: Although administrative specialists work in nearly every industry, many are concentrated in schools, hospitals, government agencies, and legal and medical offices. Most work in comfortable office settings. Virtual assistants typically work from a home office.
Employment: Graduates are qualified for office positions in a clinic or hospital, for positions as medical transcriptionists, medical coders, or medical billing/insurance assistants. Medical Administrative Specialist is the only occupation that is expected to have much-faster-than-average employment growth. This is driven by the rapid growth of the healthcare industry. Overall, the majority of job openings will result from the need to replace workers who leave these occupations.