It’s Medical Assistant Week, and to celebrate, we’d like to take a minute to talk about how much we appreciate the great work medical assistants do. Medical assistants help a hospital, clinic, or physician’s office run smoothly by performing general patient care, labeling and processing specimens, managing medical records, and so much more. Their duties vary by location, but they are always an integral part of a healthcare team.
In some states, medical assistants are allowed to give injections or medications as directed by the physician. They don’t ever diagnose, but some medical assistants specialize according to the medical office or department they work in.
If you’ve ever thought about switching careers, here are 5 reasons it would be a good idea for you to become a medical assistant:
- You can help people.
As a medical assistant, you have the opportunity to interact with patients on a variety of levels. You may greet the patient at the front desk or collect vitals, and you are likely to be the first interaction the patient has at an appointment. As such, you have the opportunity to set the tone of the patient’s visit and help them prepare to meet with the physician or physician assistant.
- You can be trained and working quickly.
With online certificate training, you can be prepared to start working as a medical assistant in as little as 4 months. Some certificate programs will prepare you to become certified, which will help you get a job more quickly.
- It’s one of the best healthcare support jobs in the U.S.
A medical assistant is ranked #18 on the list of best healthcare support jobs by US News and World Report. With an average salary of $31,540 a year, according to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is a fantastic choice if you’re interested in healthcare.
- It has excellent job prospects.
Average job growth in the U.S. by 2024 is 7%. Average job growth in the healthcare industry in the same timeframe is 19%–adding more jobs than any other group of occupations. The average job growth for medical assistants during that time is a whopping 23%–much faster than average. The Bureau of Labor Statics estimates that over 138,000 new medical assistant jobs will become available by 2024.
- It’s a great way to break into the healthcare industry.
If you’re interested in working in healthcare, becoming a medical assistant is a great job to break into the industry. You can work and gain valuable experience as you pursue higher education as a nurse, physician assistant, or a physician. It’s also a great way to get your feet wet and figure out what specific aspects of healthcare you’re interested in.
There are so many great reasons to become a medical assistant—these barely scratch the surface. If you want to learn more, visit our medical assistant page or go talk to someone currently working as a medical assistant. And while you’re at it—say thanks for the great job they’re doing. Because after all, it’s Medical Assistant Week, and that’s a great reason to celebrate.