Deal with People
Although hiring requirements vary by industry and employer, receptionists typically need a high school diploma and good communication skills.Education
Receptionists typically need a high school diploma or equivalent, and employers may prefer to hire candidates who have experience with certain computer software applications. Courses in word processing and spreadsheet applications can be particularly helpful.Training
Most receptionists receive short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting a few days to a week. Training typically covers procedures for visitors, and for telephone and computer use. Medical and legal offices also may instruct new employees on privacy rules related to patient and client information.Advancement
Receptionists may advance to other administrative positions with more responsibilities, such as secretaries and administrative assistants. Advancement opportunities often depend on the employee’s experience in using computer applications, such as word processing and spreadsheet applications.Important Qualities
Communication skills. Receptionists must speak and write clearly so that others may understand them.
Customer-service skills. Receptionists represent an organization. As a result, they should be courteous, professional, and helpful toward the public and customers.
Integrity. Receptionists may handle client and patient data, especially in medical and legal offices. They must be trustworthy and protect their clients’ privacy.
Interpersonal skills. Receptionists should be comfortable interacting with people, even in stressful situations.
Organizational skills. Receptionists take messages, schedule appointments, and maintain employee files. They need good organizational skills to manage their diverse responsibilities.
|Job Title||Company||Location||Start Date||Salary|
|Medical Secretaries||Maimonides Medical Center||New York, NY||Aug 12, 2011||$52,500|
|Medical Secretary||North Jersey Eye Care Center||Scotch Plains, NJ||Jun 05, 2009||$44,000|
|Medical Secretary||Edward Chen Perinatalogy Corporation||Monterey Park, CA||Oct 02, 2016||$43,763|
|Medical Secretary||Claudio Iwamoto DDS Ms PC||Lansdowne, VA||Apr 27, 2012||$42,784|
|Medical Secretaries||Marie France Conde Md||NY||May 20, 2010||$42,262|
|Medical Secretaries||Theresa A. Herrera, DMD||Dublin, CA||Feb 17, 2010||$42,224|
|Medical Secretary||Middlesex Surgery Center LLC||Edison, NJ||Feb 02, 2015||$41,142|
|Medical Secretaries||Rappahannock Women's Health Center, P.C.||Fredericksburg, VA||May 30, 2012||$40,976|
|Medical Secretaries||Rappahannock Women's Health Center, P.C.||Fredericksburg, VA||Apr 20, 2011||$40,446|
|Medical Secretary||Inglemoor Care Center||Livingston, NJ||Dec 01, 2013||$40,000|