Medical Office Administration Careers

Medical Office Administration is one of the fastest growing career fields in the United States, and offers excellent opportunities for long-term employment and job satisfaction for those with the proper training. A Medical Office Administration degree provides expertise in the management of day-to-day operations at a medical office or facility. The health services industry needs qualified professionals to coordinate and schedule appointments, handle billing and insurance processing, manage records, equipment, and supplies, and assist patients during office visits. As the use of technology has become more fully integrated with the care and treatment of patients, as well as in everyday office management duties, computer skills are now essential in the field of Medical and Dental Office Administration.

Employment Opportunities

Those with a Medical Office Administration degree may work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Hospital
  • Dentist’s office
  • Nursing homes
  • Clinic
  • Physician's private practice
  • Veterinarian’s office

Skills

Medical Office Administration degree holders need a wide range of capabilities, including:

  • Excellent verbal and communication skills
  • Enjoy dealing with people
  • Attention to detail
  • Computer ability
  • Organizational skills
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks
  • Knowledge of medical terminology

Industry Spotlight

Health care workers at all levels of education and training will continue to be in demand. In many cases, it may be easier for jobseekers with health-specific training to obtain jobs and advance in their careers. Specialized clinical training is a requirement for many jobs in health care and is an asset even for many administrative jobs that do not specifically require it.

Office automation and other technological changes will slow employment growth in office and administrative support occupations; but because the employment base is large, replacement needs will continue to create substantial numbers of job openings.

- Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2008