Medical administrative assistants

Medical administrative assistants

NOC
1243

Perform a variety of administrative duties in doctor's offices, hospitals, medical clinics and other medical settings.

Quick facts

3 Year Outlook

Good
Good

3 Year Job Openings

274
 

Median Hourly Wage

$21.70
$16.23
Low
$25.03
High

Median Salary

$38,632
 

Typically Required

College or apprenticeship

Employed

2,058
 

% Working Full Time

81%
 

% Working Full Year

73%
 
Job details

Full NOC Description

Medical administrative assistants perform a variety of secretarial and administrative duties in doctor's offices, hospitals, medical clinics and other medical settings.

Main Duties

Medical administrative assistants perform some or all of the following duties:

  • Schedule and confirm medical appointments and receive and communicate messages for medical staff and patients
  • Enter and format electronically based medical reports and correspondence and prepare spreadsheets and documents for review
  • Interview patients in order to complete forms, documents and case histories
  • Complete insurance and other claim forms
  • Initiate and maintain confidential medical files and records
  • Prepare draft agendas for meetings and take, transcribe and distribute minutes
  • Prepare financial statements and billing
  • Establish and maintain various internal office administrative support procedures such as document tracking and filing and monthly reporting
  • Order supplies and maintain inventory
  • Determine and establish office procedures and routines
  • May supervise and train other staff in procedures and in use of current software.

Also Known As

  • administrative assistant - medical
  • medical secretary
  • ward secretary
Requirements

Employment Requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a one- or two-year college program or other specialized courses for secretaries or medical secretaries is usually required.

Provincial Regulation

Not Provincially Regulated

Employment by Sex

The following graph shows the percentage of men and women working in this occupation in New Brunswick.

Data legend

98.7%
Female
1.3%
Male
Employment by age

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by age group.

Data legend

5.8%
15-24
15.6%
25-34
27.0%
35-44
26.5%
45-54
21.2%
55-64
4.0%
65+
Employment by highest level of education

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick by highest level of education achieved.

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0.5%
No Certificate, Diploma or Degree
17.7%
High School, Diploma or Equivalent
4.0%
Apprenticeship or Trades Certificate or Diploma
69.9%
College or University Below Bachelor Level
7.9%
University - Bachelor Level or Above
Employment by Industry

The following graph shows the industry groups in which the largest shares of persons working in this occupation in New Brunswick are employed. Small percentages for all top three industry groups may suggest employment for this occupation is widely distributed amongst many industry groups.

Data legend

97.4%
Health care and social assistance
1.1%
Public administration
0.5%
Retail trade
1.1%
All Other Industries
Employment by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the breakdown of all persons employed in this occupation in New Brunswick by which economic region they reside in.

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35.30%
Northeast
21.80%
Southeast
16.20%
Southwest
13.30%
Central
13.50%
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Annual Median Salary by Economic Regions

The following graph shows the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Data legend

$35,734
Northeast
$39,652
Southeast
$40,604
Southwest
$43,337
Central
$40,071
Northwest
Province of New Brunswick Economic Regions

Economic Regions

The following map displays New Brunswick’s five economic regions. An economic region (ER) is a grouping of counties, created as a standard unit for analysis of regional economic activity across Canada.

Hourly Median Wages by Economic Regions

The following represents the median hourly wage of all persons employed in this occupation in each of New Brunswick’s five economic regions.

Northeast

$21.70
$16.23
Low
$24.05
High

Southeast

$21.00
$16.50
Low
$23.23
High

Southwest

$23.00
$15.50
Low
$25.03
High

Central

$19.70
$15.00
Low
$26.15
High

Northwest

$22.35
$18.76
Low
$25.00
High
Salary

This following represents the median salary of all persons employed in this occupation compared to the median salary of workers employed in this occupation that work full-time year-round.

All Workers Employed in this Occupation

$38,632

Workers Employed Full-time, Full-year

$42,271

This following represents the median salary of persons employed in this occupation across each of the Atlantic Provinces and nationally.

New Brunswick

$38,632

Newfoundland

$41,638

Prince Edward Island

$36,014

Nova Scotia

$36,008

Canada

$35,696
Employment Outlook

The following represents the number of job openings that are expected to occur in this occupation over the next three and ten years respectively, broken down by openings expected to result from growth (“new jobs”) and openings expected to result from attrition (death and retirements).

Three Year Outlook

Total Openings: 3 Year

274
 

New Jobs: 3 Year

52
 

Retirements/Deaths: 3 Year

222
 

Ten Year Outlook

Total Openings: 10 Year

828
 

New Jobs: 10 Year

105
 

Retirements/Deaths: 10 Year

723