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Become A Plastic Surgeon

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Working As A Plastic Surgeon

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $340,240

    Average Salary

What Does A Plastic Surgeon Do

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform routine clerical and administrative duties. They organize files, prepare documents, schedule appointments, and support other staff.

Duties

Secretaries and administrative assistants typically do the following:

  • Answer telephones and take messages or transfer calls
  • Schedule appointments and update event calendars
  • Arrange staff meetings
  • Handle incoming and outgoing mail and faxes
  • Prepare memos, invoices, or other reports
  • Edit documents
  • Maintain databases and filing systems, whether electronic or paper
  • Perform basic bookkeeping

Secretaries and administrative assistants perform a variety of clerical and administrative duties that are necessary to run an organization efficiently. They use computer software to create spreadsheets; manage databases; and prepare presentations, reports, and documents. They also may negotiate with vendors, buy supplies, and manage stockrooms or corporate libraries. Secretaries and administrative assistants also use videoconferencing, fax, and other office equipment. Specific job duties vary by experience, job title, and specialty.

Executive secretaries and executive administrative assistants provide high-level administrative support for an office and for top executives of an organization. They often handle more complex responsibilities, such as reviewing incoming documents, conducting research, and preparing reports. Some also supervise clerical staff.

Legal secretaries perform work requiring knowledge of legal terminology and procedures. They prepare legal documents, such as summonses, complaints, motions, and subpoenas under the supervision of an attorney or a paralegal. They also review legal journals and help with legal research—for example, by verifying quotes and citations in legal briefs.

Medical secretaries transcribe dictation and prepare reports or articles for physicians or medical scientists. They also take simple medical histories of patients, arrange for patients to be hospitalized, or process insurance payments. Medical secretaries need to be familiar with medical terminology and codes, medical records, and hospital or laboratory procedures.

Secretaries and administrative assistants, except legal, medical, and executive is the largest subcategory of secretaries and administrative assistants. They handle an office’s administrative activities in almost every sector of the economy, including schools, government, and private corporations. For example, secretaries in schools are often responsible for handling most of the communications among parents, students, the community, teachers, and school administrators. They schedule appointments, receive visitors, and keep track of students’ records.

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How To Become A Plastic Surgeon

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.

Education

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.

Training

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.

Advancement

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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Plastic Surgeon Demographics

Gender

Female

73.9%

Male

23.7%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

56.0%

Hispanic or Latino

21.4%

Black or African American

10.2%

Asian

7.9%

Unknown

4.4%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

85.7%

Korean

7.1%

French

7.1%

Plastic Surgeon Education

Schools

Miami Dade College

10.3%

University of Alabama

6.9%

University of Kentucky

6.9%

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

6.9%

Villanova University

6.9%

Bergen Community College

6.9%

Johns Hopkins University

6.9%

The Academy

6.9%

Brown University

3.4%

University of Connecticut

3.4%

University of Florida

3.4%

College of Lake County

3.4%

Kaplan College - Panorama City

3.4%

Washington University in Saint Louis

3.4%

University of Massachusetts - Boston

3.4%

Star Technical Institute

3.4%

University of Memphis

3.4%

Lenox Hill Hospital

3.4%

Central Coast College

3.4%

Eastern Washington University

3.4%
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Majors

Nursing

19.8%

Business

11.7%

Plastics Engineering

9.0%

Medical Assisting Services

7.2%

Psychology

6.3%

Health Care Administration

6.3%

Medical Technician

5.4%

Medicine

4.5%

Biology

4.5%

Accounting

3.6%

Physician Assistant

3.6%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

2.7%

Computer Science

2.7%

Science, Technology, And Society

1.8%

Sociology

1.8%

Public Health

1.8%

Biomedical Sciences

1.8%

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Molecular Biology

1.8%

General Sales

1.8%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

43.0%

Bachelors

19.5%

Masters

10.7%

Associate

9.4%

Doctorate

8.7%

Certificate

5.4%

Diploma

2.7%

License

0.7%
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Real Plastic Surgeon Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Pediatric Plastic Surgeon Cedars-Sinai Medical Care Foundation Los Angeles, CA Aug 29, 2016 $600,000
Plastic Surgeon Guthrie Medical Group, P.C. Sayre, PA Jan 07, 2016 $410,000
Plastic Surgeon Olmsted Medical Center Rochester, MN Aug 15, 2016 $400,000
Plastic Surgeon Innovis Health, LLC Fargo, ND Jun 10, 2014 $400,000
Plastic Surgeon Guthrie Clinic, Ltd. Sayre, PA Jul 01, 2013 $400,000
Plastic Surgeon Innovis Health, LLC Fargo, ND Sep 04, 2011 $400,000
Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon Creighton University Omaha, NE Feb 04, 2011 $383,000
Plastic Surgeon St. Mary's Duluth Clinic Health System Duluth, MN Apr 06, 2010 $380,000
Attending Plastic Surgeon Montefiore Medical Center New York, NY Jul 18, 2016 $375,000
Plastic Surgeon University at Buffalo Surgeons, Inc. Buffalo, NY Aug 01, 2011 $355,000
Plastic Surgeon University at Buffalo Surgeons, Inc. Buffalo, NY Aug 15, 2011 $355,000
Plastic Surgeon (Hand Surgery) Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Jul 01, 2013 $331,500
Plastic Surgeon (Hand Surgery) Mayo Clinic Rochester, MN Aug 01, 2013 $331,500
Physician, Plastic Surgeon Dept of Veterans Affairs-Oklahoma City Va Health Care System Oklahoma City, OK Feb 29, 2016 $326,094
Plastic Surgeon Baystate Medical Practices, Inc. Springfield, MA May 12, 2013 $290,000

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Top Skills for A Plastic Surgeon

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  1. Surgical Procedures
  2. Insurance Companies
  3. Scheduling Appointments
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Assisted physician with all surgical procedures in hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, and the office surgical suite.
  • Established surgical case predetermination with all insurance companies which included letters of medical necessity, photos and medical testing documents.
  • Marketed and promoted plastic surgery practice, skin care treatments, and aesthetic skin care products.
  • Communicate with patients on pre- and post-op procedures.
  • Conducted and created inventory for office supplies, surgical equipment, maintenance contracts, skin care products, etc.

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