Medical Assistant Job Market
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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:Patient Work
- Providing wound care
- Assisting with sutures and fractures
- Performing phlebotomy
- Obtaining vital signs
- Taking measurements
- Administering oral and parenteral medications
- Assisting during procedures
- Labeling and processing specimens
- Preparing for, performing, and monitoring EKG
- Answering telephones
- Managing medical records
- Processing health insurance
- Doing billing and bookkeeping
- Scheduling appointments
- Overseeing waiting rooms
- Arranging hospital admissions and lab services
As a certified medical assistant, the world is your oyster. You can work in a variety of healthcare settings from physician offices, hospitals, clinics, and urgent care facilities to laboratories and nursing homes. The 24/7 nature of healthcare makes night and weekend schedules an option too. But, most medical assistants work regular daytime hours.
You can earn a great income with job security and plenty of upward mobility. Salaries vary by employer, location, and experience, but according to the U.S. Department of Labor, medical assistants earn $33,610 per year on average. The top ten percent earn more than $47,000. Plus, considering the nature of the industry, medical assistant jobs often include healthcare benefits.
Healthcare is growing at a faster pace than other industries, creating lots of job opportunities nationwide. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that the demand for medical assistants will grow 23% by 2028. That’s nearly 155,000 new jobs on your horizon.
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