Planning a Medical Assistant Career
The Department of Labor reports that the fastest growing career in the health care sector is medical
assisting right after nursing. The first step when deciding on a fitting career right after high school is to take
time to assess what interests you and what you do well. It is also important to explore the educational,
training and job requirements and prerequisites in your area.
Another important consideration when planning a new career is the going pay rate, job advancement
opportunities and earning potential in your area. Positions for medical assistants, office managers,
coordinators, administrators, nurses, technologists, coders and billers, receptionists, schedulers,
secretaries, clerks and aides open and close daily. There also are hundreds of medical specialty offices
looking for additional permanent staff and temporary assistance.
Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical duties under the direction of a physician.
Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and
coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include rooming patients, taking and recording vital
signs, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications as directed by the
physician. If you are contemplating to go in this direction we can show you the first steps and point out
additional career opportunities in the health care field.