Medical Office Administrators play a crucial role in any health facility. Find out the reasons why this is a fantastic career path now:
1- A Quick Training
The greatest advantage of becoming a Medical Office Administrator is that this is a short program, which won’t take you more than 1 year to complete. This is ideal if you want to start working very quickly or if you don’t have the time or resources to study for several years. At Anderson, the Medical Office Administrator training program lasts 42 to 48 weeks* and includes an 8-week work placement which will allow you to put your lessons into practice and gain valuable work experience.
*Please note – program content and practicum duration is as per registration with the Ministry and may vary slightly from campus to campus. Contact us for more information.
2- Flexible Schedule
As a Medical Office Administrator, you can find employment in various workplaces with different schedules. While most health facilities are only open during the day, hospitals or other facilities may require people working in the evening or on weekends. This is a great advantage to find a position that matches your lifestyle and allows you to take care of your family.
3- Good Employment Opportunities
There is no shortage of work for future Medical Office Administrators! Medical Office Administrators jobs can be found in various facilities such as private practices, hospitals, long term care facilities and much more. According to Job Bank, the job outlook is expected to be fair over the next 3 years. Several positions are expected to become available due to retirement and there is only a small number of unemployed workers in this occupation.
4- A Great Career for Mature Students
Going back to school can be challenging, whether you are changing your career or starting from scratch. A Medical Office Administrator diploma is a great option as this is a short training with flexible schedules, which allow you to have a job on the side. Also, the program includes a lot of hands-on practice and even a work placement to help you gain more confidence and work experience.
5- A Non-Medical Healthcare Career
You want to work in healthcare but not as a medical staff? Medical Office Administrator is the right career for you! Medical Office Assistant’s duties range from administrative to secretarial tasks. The job will also require good communication skills and a friendly attitude as you will be the first person to greet patients.
6- A Role with Responsibilities
Future Medical Office Administrators can expect to be busy as they play a crucial role in any medical facility. Some of your responsibilities include being the foundation of communication within the office; planning and scheduling appointments; organizing and maintaining documents and files; managing projects; conducting research; and, providing information by use of telephone, email, and postal service. You may be required to transcribe dictation and assist physicians or medical staff with reports and conference proceedings. You may also need to be familiar with insurance rules, billing practices, and hospital or laboratory procedures according to their province.
7- A Great Career If You Have These Qualities
If you are highly organized, have great communication skills and have problem-solving abilities, you will make a great Medical Office Administrator. As you will be in charge of communicating with patients, scheduling appointments and maintaining documents and files, it is important that you possess these qualities to be a successful Medical Office Assistant.
8- You Can Make a Difference
As a Medical Office Assistant, you are the first one to interact with patients and will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with regular patients and provide compassionate care. A friendly face is the first step to make patients more comfortable as well as reassure them.
9- A Competitive Salary
Medical Office Administrators can expect to earn up to $38,920 yearly* and it will increase as you gain more seniority and experience. Some workplaces will also offer health benefits or yearly bonuses (depending on the employer).
*Median Salary- Source Payscale.com
10- A Job in Demand
“For Medical Administrative Assistants, over the period 2017-2026, new job openings (arising from expansion demand and replacement demand) are expected to total 19,000, while 17,700 new job seekers (arising from school leavers, immigration and mobility) are expected to be available to fill them*”. Medical Office Administrators can expect a good employment outlook over the next 10 years.