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Administrative Jobs Have a Bright Future

Some newly identified 2014 workforce trends indicate that administrative professionals will see growth not only in the types of positions available to them, but in salary ranges as well. What are the key drivers in job and salary growth? Learn more from Nova Medical Centers below.

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) are two reasons why. According to a recent article in the January/February issue of OfficePro, the ACA’s new guidelines regarding the conversion to electronic medical records is creating a greater abundance of work for medical practices and hospitals of all sizes. Additionally, the six million newly covered individuals in the healthcare system will be using all kinds of medical sites to receive treatment, many of them for the first time. Health benefits that now mandate provisions for wellness checks also mean more people using services than ever before.

Secondly, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is another reason why electronic medical records are increasing the job growth for administrative positions. As of May 21, 2014, the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners requires all medical providers to be credentialed with the NRCME for the FMCSA’s physical qualifications standards and guidelines to perform Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. Each of these driver exams’ results must now be entered into the FMCSA database, meaning more administrative positions.

In steps the role of medical office administrator — The ACA is translating into an increased workload and many healthcare-related facilities are looking to expand their staff to meet the demand. Over the next several years it would be reasonable to see this trend continue as the final health reform guidelines are implemented.

The article notes that overall starting salaries for administrative jobs are expected to increase by 3.3 percent with bigger gains anticipated for experienced individuals.  Individuals that are multilingual or who have professional certifications, especially a Certified Administrative Professional designation will likely earn more, as much as 6 percent more.

OfficeTeam 2014 Salary Guide has a quick look at a few administrative positions and their anticipated salary ranges.

Employers, especially those in the medical field, are looking to attract and retain qualified employees. Administrative roles are important to their business because they are often a first point of contact for patients and can demonstrate the professionalism and care that will be provided by that facilitate. It looks like a good year with many opportunities ahead for those looking to move into or move ahead in administrative positions.

Source:  Hosking, Robert. OfficePro. Jan./Feb. 2014, Vol. 74 Issue 1.

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