Program & Course Information
What Medical Assistants Do
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty and size of the practice.
Most medical assistants work in physicians' offices and other healthcare facilities. Most work full time.
The median annual wage of medical assistants was $28,860 in May 2010.
Employment is expected to grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand will stem from physicians hiring more medical assistants to do routine administrative and clinical duties so that physicians can see more patients.
|Quick Facts: Medical Assistants|
|2010 Median Pay||$28,860 per year|
|Entry-Level Education||High school diploma or equivalent|
|On-the-job Training||Moderate-term on-the-job training|
|Number of Jobs, 2010||527,600|
|Job Outlook, 2010-20||31% growth rate|