Medical Secretaries

(NOC 1243)


These comments are for the career grouping Secretaries, Recorders and Transcriptionists, which includes Medical Secretaries.

The number of medical secretaries should remain fairly stable over the next few years.

Career opportunities will arise from the relatively high turnover rate and positions that will become available as medical secretaries retire. Secretarial experience combined with relevant training provides access to supervisory and other administrative positions in the medical setting.

Over the past few years, office automation has significantly changed the duties of medical secretaries and other administrative workers. Computers enable them to carry out traditional tasks more efficiently and make it possible to divide administrative tasks among people in various clerical occupations.

These changes affect all administrative occupations. The duties of people in these occupations are becoming more diversified, leading to the decompartmentalization of duties historically performed by people in specific occupations. Today, one person may be expected to perform the duties of a receptionist (NOC 1414), secretary, accounting clerk (NOC 1431), etc. However, the duties of medical secretaries are more varied and management-based than those of other clerical workers.

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Job prospects for this career are rated Good

Last Updated: May 17, 2012