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Working As A Surgery Scheduler

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

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $32,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Surgery Scheduler 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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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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Surgery Scheduler Career Paths

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Billing Specialist Accounts Receivable Specialist Accountant
Office Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Team Leader Office Manager
Practice Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Billing Specialist Team Leader Assistant Manager
Center Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager
Business Office Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Coordinator Office Manager Case Manager
Nursing Director
9 Yearsyrs
Patient Care Coordinator Case Manager
Patient Care Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Case Manager
Medical Case Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Team Leader Program Director
Clinical Director
9 Yearsyrs
Registered Nurse Registered Nurse Supervisor Registered Nurse Case Manager
Clinical Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Senior Technician Specialist Director
Administrative Director
8 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Instructor Executive Assistant
Office Manager Of Human Resources
6 Yearsyrs
Licensed Practical Nurse Administrator Business Office Manager
Accounts Receivable Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Coder Billing Supervisor
Billing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Medical Coder Medical Office Manager
Medical Billing Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Medical Coder Medical Office Manager Medical Billing Manager
Billing Office Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Intake Coordinator Reimbursement Specialist
Billing Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
Bill Collector Collections Specialist Patient Service Representative
Supervisor, Patient Access
6 Yearsyrs
Accounts Receivable Specialist Buyer Material Manager
Scheduling Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Insurance Specialist Operation Supervisor Dispatcher Supervisor
Schedule Supervisor
6 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Surgery Scheduler 4.0 years
Clinical Secretary 3.2 years
Central Scheduler 2.5 years
Scheduler 2.5 years
Medical Scheduler 2.3 years
Top Careers Before Surgery Scheduler
Receptionist 10.4%
Cashier 3.7%
Scheduler 3.6%
Secretary 2.9%
Internship 2.1%
Top Careers After Surgery Scheduler
Scheduler 7.2%
Cashier 2.9%

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Surgery Scheduler Demographics

Gender

Female

81.3%

Unknown

12.0%

Male

6.7%
Ethnicity

White

62.2%

Hispanic or Latino

19.1%

Black or African American

10.2%

Asian

5.1%

Unknown

3.4%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

86.5%

Portuguese

2.1%

Armenian

2.1%

Russian

2.1%

Turkish

1.0%

Romanian

1.0%

French

1.0%

Carrier

1.0%

Tagalog

1.0%

Arabic

1.0%

Korean

1.0%
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Surgery Scheduler Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

29.5%

College of Southern Nevada

4.7%

Grand Canyon University

4.7%

Valencia College

4.4%

Ashford University

4.4%

Everest Institute

4.0%

The Academy

4.0%

Austin Community College

4.0%

Gateway Community College

4.0%

Kaplan University

4.0%

Arizona State University

3.6%

All American Career College

3.6%

Rasmussen College

3.3%

Capella University

3.3%

Liberty University

3.3%

Ross Medical Education Center

3.3%

Medical Institute

3.3%

University of Cincinnati

2.9%

Pennsylvania State University

2.9%

Keiser University

2.9%
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Majors

Health Care Administration

19.9%

Medical Assisting Services

17.2%

Business

16.9%

Nursing

12.3%

General Studies

4.1%

Medical Technician

3.8%

Psychology

3.5%

Accounting

2.6%

Management

2.5%

Nursing Assistants

2.1%

Criminal Justice

1.9%

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

1.8%

Secretarial And Administrative Science

1.8%

Education

1.7%

Insurance

1.5%

Liberal Arts

1.4%

Communication

1.3%

Legal Support Services

1.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.2%

Cosmetology

1.1%
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Degrees

Other

40.4%

Bachelors

19.8%

Associate

19.0%

Certificate

10.8%

Diploma

4.9%

Masters

3.9%

License

1.2%

Doctorate

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
$32,000
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$17,000
Min 10%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$32,000
Median 50%
$60,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Kaiser Permanente
Highest Paying City
Edina, MN
Highest Paying State
Alaska
Avg Experience Level
3.6 years
How much does a Surgery Scheduler make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Surgery Scheduler in the United States is $32,530 per year or $16 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $17,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $60,000.

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Top Skills for A Surgery Scheduler

  1. Insurance Companies
  2. Patient Care
  3. Surgery Scheduling
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Educated patients on procedures, performed verification and authorizations of surgeries with insurance companies and prepared charts for physicians.
  • Coordinated post-operative patient care services and transportation.
  • Gathered and analyzed performance metrics to ensure efficient utilization of operating time using an electronic surgery scheduling program.
  • Release all Medical Records to appropriate patient or department for medical diagnosis through computerized tracking system.
  • Coordinated patient registration while scheduling appointments.

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