Medical Assistants

Medical assistants help physicians in offices, hospitals, and clinics. They keep medical records, help examine and treat patients, and perform routine office duties to allow physicians to spend their time working directly with patients. Medical assistants are vitally important to the smooth and efficient operation of medical offices. There are approximately 571,690 medical assistants employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Perform support duties in medical offices such as preparing patients for examination or treatment and handling routine office duties
Alternate Title(s) Chiropractor Assistants, Optometric Assistants, Podiatric Assistants
Salary Range Below $25,000 to $50,000
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • High School Diploma
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Health
  • Mathematics
Experience Clinical experience recommended
  • Interpersonal
  • Organizational
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Conventional
  • Helpful
  • Technical
Licensure/Certification Recommended
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Nurse
  • Medical Office Manager
  • Experienced Medical Assistant
  • Entry-Level Medical Assistant

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