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Become A Medical Officer

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Working As A Medical Officer

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Processing Information
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $36,800

    Average Salary

What Does A Medical Officer Do

A Medical Officer delivers health and first-aid provisions for patients as well as prepares and maintains the paper and electronic health care records of clients. They ensure that all related equipment and supplies are suitably maintained at all times.

How To Become A Medical Officer

High school graduates who have experience using computer software applications, such as word processing and spreadsheets, usually qualify for entry-level positions. Although most secretaries learn their job in several weeks, many legal and medical secretaries require additional training to learn industry-specific terminology. Executive secretaries usually need several years of related work experience.


High school graduates can take courses in word processing and office procedures at technical schools or community colleges. Some temporary placement agencies also provide training in word processing, spreadsheet, and database software.

Some medical and legal secretaries learn industry-specific terminology and practices by attending courses offered at community colleges or technical schools. For executive secretary positions, employers increasingly prefer to hire those who have taken some college courses or have a bachelor’s degree.


Secretaries and administrative assistants typically learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks. During this time they learn about administrative procedures, including how to prepare documents. Medical and legal secretaries’ training may last several months as they learn industry-specific terminology and practices.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Executive secretaries can gain experience by working in administrative positions that have less challenging responsibilities. Many secretaries and administrative assistants advance to higher level administrative positions.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can demonstrate competency to employers.

The International Association of Administrative Professionals offers the Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certification. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 to 4 years of administrative work experience, depending on their level of education, and pass an examination.

Legal secretaries have several certification options. For example, those with 1 year of general office experience, or who have completed an approved training course, can acquire the Accredited Legal Professional (ALP) certification through a testing process administered by NALS (previously known as National Association of Legal Secretaries). NALS also offers the Professional Legal Secretary (PLS) certification, considered to be an advanced certification for legal support professionals.

The Certified Legal Secretary Specialist (CLSS) certification is conferred by Legal Secretaries International in areas such as intellectual property, criminal law, civil litigation, probate, and business law. Candidates typically need to have 5 years of legal experience and pass an examination to become certified.


Secretaries and administrative assistants generally advance to other administrative positions with more responsibilities, such as office supervisor, office manager, or executive secretary.

With additional training, many legal secretaries become paralegals or legal assistants.

Important Qualities

Integrity. Many secretaries and administrative assistants are trusted to handle sensitive information. For example, medical secretaries collect patient data that is required, by law, to be kept confidential in order to protect patient privacy.

Interpersonal skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants interact with clients, customers, or staff. They should communicate effectively and be courteous when interacting with others to create a positive work environment and client experience.

Organizational skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants keep files, folders, and schedules in proper order so an office can run efficiently.

Writing skills. Secretaries and administrative assistants write memos and emails when communicating with managers, employees, and customers. Therefore, they must have good grammar, ensure accuracy, and maintain a professional tone.

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Medical Officer Demographics


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  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Hindi

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

  • Nepali

  • Bengali

  • Marathi

  • Russian

  • Gujarati

  • Telugu

  • Igbo

  • Yoruba

  • Hausa

  • Tamil

  • German

  • Sanskrit

  • Sindhi

  • Ukrainian

  • Malayalam

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Real Medical Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Medical Officer Path Seattle, WA Nov 01, 2015 $208,000
Medical Officer Bernalillo County Albuquerque, NM Sep 18, 2015 $187,199
Physician II-Medical Officer of The Day (MOD) Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute Marion, VA Apr 01, 2015 $172,386 -
Medical Officer Psychiatry Dc Department of Behavioral Health Washington, DC Oct 29, 2016 $159,712
Medical Officer Psychiatry Dc DBH Saint Elizabeths Hospital Washington, DC Sep 28, 2015 $155,060
Medical Officer Psychiatry Dc Department of Behavioral Health Washington, DC Sep 28, 2015 $155,060
Medical Officer (Psychiatry) D.C. Department of Mental Health Washington, DC Jul 01, 2010 $151,288
Medical Officer (Physician) Bernalillo County Albuquerque, NM Aug 01, 2013 $138,000
Medical Officer Manager Sussex Pain Relief Center, LLC Georgetown, DE Jan 09, 2016 $101,088
Medical Officer Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/DHHS Atlanta, GA Jul 19, 2012 $101,035

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Top Skills for A Medical Officer


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Top Medical Officer Skills

  1. Emergency Room
  2. Internal Medicine
  3. Outpatient Clinic
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed pediatric inpatient cases in the ward, outpatient cases in the clinic and children emergency room.
  • Worked as an Attending Physician on the inpatient Internal Medicine service.
  • Worked in the outpatient clinic as well as the Medical Emergency Ward.
  • Reviewed and revised the job descriptions of clinical staff within the primary health care service as needed.
  • Provided technical expertise to analyze existing equipment for cost effectiveness, reliability, and safety.

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