Careers and Employment

Medical secretaries transcribe dictation, prepare correspondence, and assist physicians or medical scientists with reports, speeches, articles, and conference proceedings. They also record simple medical histories, arrange for patients to be hospitalized, and order supplies. Most medical secretaries need to be familiar with insurance rules, billing practices, and hospital or laboratory procedures.  Medical office assistants are needed in hospitals, clinics, and doctor offices.

Above average employment growth in the healthcare and social assistance industry should lead to much faster than the average growth for medical secretaries. West Central Illinois wage information from the Illinois Career Information System for Medical Secretary is listed below:

Area Entry Annual Salary  Median Annual Salary  Experienced Annual Salary 
West Central EDR $20,097 $24,387 $27,704