Medical Assistant Job Description
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What does a medical assistant do? A lot. You’ll be busy with both clinical and administrative responsibilities, performing general patient care, and playing a key role in keeping healthcare facilities running smoothly. A day in the life of you (as a medical assistant) might include the following:
- Providing wound care
- Assisting with sutures and fractures
- Performing phlebotomy
- Obtaining vital signs
- Administering medications
- Assisting during procedures
- Labeling and processing specimens
- Preparing patients for and performing EKGs
- Answering telephones
- Managing medical records
- Processing health insurance
- Doing billing and bookkeeping
- Scheduling appointments
- Overseeing waiting rooms
- Arranging hospital admissions and lab services
Salaries vary by employer, location, and experience, but according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants earn an average of $37,190 per year.*
Healthcare is growing at a faster pace than other industries, creating lots of job opportunities nationwide. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the demand for medical assistants will grow 16% in the next 10 years.*
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*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. “Medical Assistants.” Occupational Outlook Handbook. Accessed March 9, 2023.
Statements found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are not a guarantee of any post-graduation salary, in part because the data used to create the Occupational Outlook Handbook includes workers from differing educational backgrounds, levels of experience, and geographic areas of the country.