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Becoming A Medical Assistant Makes Sense.

Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing careers in healthcare that does not require a college degree.  With formal training from an accredited medical assistant program, and a high school diploma or GED, this healthcare career can be launched in under a year.  Although some Medical Assistants are trained on the job, healthcare employers generally prefer formally trained Medical Assistants.  Medical Assisting is projected to be among the fastest growing occupations over the 2014-2024 decade.  In fact, employment growth for Medical Assistants is expected to grow over 23 percent during this period. Job opportunities for Medical Assistants will be especially good for those with training from an accredited medical assistant school and/or certification.  In addition to offering excellent prospects for a steady career, with additional education, advancement to nursing, medical tech careers, such as sonography, and medical office management is realistic.

In addition to excellent job prospects, earnings for Medical Assistants are generally among those jobs that pay higher than minimum wage.  Of course earnings vary depending on experience, skill level, and location According to May 2014 U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for Medical Assistants nationwide, was $31.220.

During the same period, the median hourly wage for Medical Assistants in the New York Metropolitan Area, including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island and Nassau and Suffolk counties was $15.76. The bottom 25th percentile was $12.26 per hour and the top 75th percentile was $17.34 per hour. With the New York State minimum wage currently at $9.00 per hour, high school graduates who want to earn more money and get ahead without a college degree can find the wage and benefits for medical assistants quite attractive.

Become a highly valued member of today’s healthcare team. Medical Assistants keep the offices and clinics of physicians and medical specialists running smoothly. Medical Assistants work with doctors helping them care for patients by performing a combination of routine clinical, laboratory and administrative duties.

In addition to working in doctors’ offices and clinics, Medical Assistants also work in hospitals and for most other healthcare employers. They may have full time jobs or may work part-time, evenings or weekends.  Although the specific responsibilities of a medical assistant vary depending on the site, size of the practice and type of medical specialty, the duties of a medical assistant are considered interesting and rewarding.

Want to learn more about earnings and prospects?  Visit the following resources:

Department of Labor

Bureau of Labor Statistics - In New York City

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Throughout the United States

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2014-2015 Edition, Medical Assistants

Skills You Will Learn for Your Career.

  • Perform EKG (Electrocardiograms) & Other Diagnostic Test
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  • Remove Sutures & Change Dressings
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  • Assist in radiological examinations & X-ray development
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  • Collect and Prepare Lab Specimens
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  • Carry Out Medical Insurance Coding and Medical Billing
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  • Do Routine Blood Tests and Urinalysis
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  • Sterilize Medical Instruments
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And so much more!

  • Take Medical Histories & Record Vital Signs
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  • Prepare Patients for Examinations & Explain Procedures
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  • Arrange Hospital Admissions, Lab Services & Procedures
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  • Carry Out Medical Insurance Coding and Medical Billing
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  • Administer Medications and Immunizations
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  • Answer Phones, Greet Patients & Schedule Appointments
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