Careers in Medical AssistingMedical assisting continues to be one of the fastestgrowing occupations. Job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly those with certification.
Nature of work• Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly. They should not be confused with physician assistants who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under the direct supervision of a physician.
Where can u work?• Medical assistants can work virtually anywhere medical staff members are needed. Many of them work under doctors in labs, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, home health facilities, and private practices. Others work alongside physical therapists, dentists, radiologists, pharmacists, and similar medical personnel to take on the everyday tasks that do not require extensive medical knowledge to complete.
Job duties Medical assistant job duties range from simple office work to general patient care. In most situations, medical assistants are responsible for managing medical records, checking vital signs, recording measurements, explaining treatment procedures to patients, preparing patients for examination, and assisting the physician during the examination, taking phone calls, and performing small tasks that help doctors focus on their jobs.
Two concentrationsAdministrative Clinical• Those who enjoy • Those who prefer directly organizing, filing, accountin assisting physicians and g, and general management working with patients will responsibilities will likely choose to focus on clinical prefer a concentration in applications. medical office administration.
Working conditions• Medical assistants work in well-lighted, clean environments. They constantly interact with other people, and may have to handle several responsibilities at once. Most full-time medical assistants work a regular 40-hour week. Some work part-time, evenings, or weekends.
Employment rate• Medical assistants held about 495,970 jobs in 2009. About 62 percent were in physicians’ offices, and about 12 percent were in public and private hospitals, including inpatient and outpatient facilities and almost 11 percent worked in offices of other health practitioners, such as chiropractors and podiatrists. The rest worked mostly in outpatient care centers. http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm
Job outlook• Getting Medical Assistant jobs should be relatively easy since employment of medical assistants is expected to grow by as much as 35% over a 10-year period from 2006 to 2016.
What training is needed?Most employers prefer to hire Formal training in medicalgraduates of formal programs assisting, while generallyin medical assisting. Such preferred, is not always required.programs are offered invocational-technical high Some medical assistants areschools, postsecondary trained on the job, although thisvocational schools, community is less common than in the past.and junior colleges, and in Applicants usually need a highcolleges and universities. school diploma or the equivalent.Postsecondary programs Recommended high schoolusually last either one courses includeyear, resulting in a certificateor diploma, or two mathematics, health, biology, typiyears, resulting in an associate ng, bookkeeping, computers, anddegree. office skills. Volunteer experience in the health care field is also helpful.
Courses covered Courses cover anatomy, physiology, and medical terminology, as well as typing, transcription, record keeping, accounting, and insurance processing. Students learn laboratory techniques, clinical and diagnostic procedures, pharmaceutical principles, medication administration, and first aid. They study office practices, patient relations, medical law, and ethics. Accredited programs include anhttp://www.socc.edu/academics/pgs/bm~doc/ externship that provides practicalaas-medical-assistant.pdf experience in physicians’ offices, hospitals, or other health care facilities.
Skills requiredMedical Assistants must have goodcommunication skills: be courteous, pleasantmanner and they must be able to put patientsat ease. They must have respect for theconfidential nature of medical information.They must have Clinical and clerical skills, thatinclude: a reasonable level of manual dexterityand visual acuity, telephone and computerskills, and filing and data entry skills.
How much do they earn?Salary Hourly• The average medical assistant earns between $16,570 and • The average medical assistant $36,082 his or her first year. After earns between $9.67 and $16.64 five to nine years of an hour. Overtime rates tend to experience, your annual salary run between $12,78 and $25.14 may jump between $19,661 and an hour. $39,034. Medical assistants with 10 to 19 years of experience typically make between $22,587 and $45,147 a year. Those with more than 20 years of experience can earn as much as $56,236 a year.
Immunizations• Medical assistants need to be up to date on immunizations and physical screenings such as Hepatitis B, TB, varicella, and rubella or rubella titer immunizations.
AdvancementsMedical assistants may be able to advance to officemanager. They may qualify for a variety ofadministrative support occupations, or may teachmedical assisting. Some, with additionaleducation, enter other health occupations, such asnursing and medical technology.
Medical assisting could prove to be a rewarding career for you. Whether you enjoy workingwith other people or you just want a career you can get into quickly, you could be a perfectcandidate for medical assisting. 95% of medical assistants are women, but men are becomingmore prominent in the field every year. With a little training, you could find a wonderful futureas a medical assistant. http://www.aama-ntl.org/becomecma/how.aspx/