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Medical Assistant

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.

Work Environment

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.

Job Outlook

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

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