What is a Medical Assistant?
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Sometimes medical assistants can be found in the front of a clinical office or in a patient’s exam room. Medical assistants are a big part of the office medical team.
Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice. Most the time the medical assistant is the person getting the patient “checked in.” Whether that means answering the phone to make an appointment, writing down the patients history, checking the patients vital signs, assisting the physician with an exam, or giving a vaccine.
How Much Do Medical Assistants Make?
The average wage of a Medical Assistant is around $14/hr, which varies with what state you reside in, which averages around $29,000 a year.
What kind of Training is involved?
A high-school diploma is needed but no formal training is required, though it is encouraged. Many schools offer courses to become a Medical Assistant in six weeks or less, or longer if you feed you need more time. This formal training will set you apart from the sea of medical assistants who apply for the same job.
For the Future
Medical Assistants will be utilized in the future for medicine. This job field tops the list of growing careers by 2020. Becoming a Medical Assistant is a wonderful stepping stone into the nursing world as well.