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Medical Receptionists

Medical Receptionists provide information to the general public, customers, and visitors.

Medical Receptionists provide information to the general public, customers, and visitors.

Quick Facts:
2010 Median Pay $25,240 per year
$12.14 per hour
Entry-Level Education Cetificate
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Short-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2010 1,048,500
Job Outlook, 2010-20 24% (Faster than average)
Employment Change, 2010-20 248,500

What Receptionists Do

Receptionists perform various administrative tasks, including answering telephones and giving information to the public and customers.

Work Environment

Although receptionists work in almost every industry, many are concentrated in healthcare and social assistance, including physicians’ offices, hospitals, and nursing homes. Most work in a comfortable office setting. About 30 percent work part time.

How to Become a Receptionist

Most receptionists need a high school diploma and good communication skills.

Pay

The median hourly wage of receptionists was $12.14 in May 2010.

Job Outlook

Employment of receptionists is projected to grow 24 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Many job opportunities will arise from the need to replace workers who leave the occupation. Those with related work experience and good computer skills should have the best job opportunities.

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