Medical receptionist, front of house, doctor’s receptionist
Receptionists are the first point of contact for visitors to organisations.
Salary Range: £12,000 to £21,000
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
Getting a college qualification may be helpful. Courses are widely available and include:
- Level 1 Award in Salon Reception Duties (beauty and hairdressing)
- Level 1 Certificate in Business and Administration (office administration)
- Level 2 Certificate in Front of House Reception (hospitality and catering)
- Level 2 Diploma in Reception Operation and Services (hospitality and catering)
You’ll usually need:
- 2 or fewer GCSEs at grades 3 to 1 (D to G), or equivalent, for a level 1 course
- 2 or more GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D), or equivalent, for a level 2 course
You could get into this job through a hospitality team member intermediate apprenticeship.
You’ll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could start as an admin assistant in an organisation, for example by doing temporary work, then apply for a permanent job as a receptionist when a vacancy becomes available.
Volunteering and experience
Volunteering is highly valued if you want to apply for receptionist jobs.
You may not need any formal qualifications to apply directly for work as a receptionist.
Some employers will prefer you to have a good general education, with GCSEs and IT skills.
You can find out more about becoming a receptionist in hospitality from the Hospitality Guild.
Skills and knowledge
- the ability to work well with others
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- administration skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- sensitivity and understanding
- customer service skills
- excellent verbal communication skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
Your day-to-day tasks may include:
- greeting visitors and directing them to the correct person or department
- managing the visitors book and giving out security passes
- answering enquiries in person, by phone and email
- managing a room booking system and keeping rooms tidy
- dealing with incoming and outgoing post and deliveries
- arranging appointments and updating records on databases
- taking payments and handling invoices
You could work in a reception area, in an NHS or private hospital, at a fitness centre, in an office or in a hotel.
With training and experience, you could move into a senior receptionist or personal assistant (PA) role.
In a GP surgery or health centre, you could train to become a medical secretary or a practice manager.