Medical Assisting

As with other careers in the healthcare industry, medical assistants are in high demand.

Medical assistants are employed by doctor’s offices, specialty clinics, medical centers, insurance companies, laboratories, emergency rooms and medical transcription services. They administer patient care and perform administrative and clinical tasks. When properly trained, medical assistants are able to check a patient’s vital signs, record medical information and administer medications as directed by a physician.

An associate degree from a community college or trade/technical school generally is all that is required in order to work as a medical assistant. Students are encouraged to choose a program that has received accreditation through either the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

Data provided by the American Association of Medical Assistants indicates that the average annual salary for medical assistants is $12.88 per hour. Medical assistants who possess more than 15 years of experience in addition to a formal education can earn as much as $36,000 annually.

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