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Medical Assisting to Be Growth Field Over Next 10 Years

by Allen B. Ury

Medical assistants will be in high demand over the next 10 years, according to a new study from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). In a report published in mid-December, 2013, the BLS predicts that a third of all new jobs created between 2012 and 2022 will be health care related. Medical assistants will be among of the specialties to benefit most from this growth.[1]

The Bureau's "Employment Projections 2012-2022" report focuses on several areas of employment data:

  • Labor force and the aggregate economy·  
  • Industry employment
  • Occupation employment
  • Education and training
  • Replacement needs

Here are some highlights from that report as they relate to medical assisting:·   

  • Jobs in health care and social assistance should grow at an average annual rate of 2.6 percent. This compares to just 0.5 percent for the economy as a whole.·        
  • About 5 million new jobs in the health care/social assistance sector will be created over the next 10 years. This represents about a third of the 15.6 million new jobs the BLS expects to be added to the U.S. economy over this period.·       
  • The country's aging population is putting positive pressure on the health care sector to provide additional services.·       
  • Of the 30 occupations the BLS predicts will grow fastest over the next 10 years, 14 are health care-related.·       
  • Four major occupational groups should grow more than 20 percent from 2012 to 2022. Leading the pack is health care support occupations, with a projected 10-year growth rate of 28.1 percent.·        
  • Nineteen of the 30 occupations with the fastest growth rate projections typically require some form of postsecondary education for entry.·        
  • Total employment for medical assistants is projected to increase from 560,800 in 2012 to 723,700 in 2022. This is a total percentage increase of 29 percent, making it one of the top five occupations in the "Occupations with Most Job Growth" survey.[2]·        
  • To qualify for entry as a medical assistant, a postsecondary non-degree award (diploma) is required.

Get Your Medical Assistant Training at Everest

If you would like to take advantage of the job opportunities in the expanding health care field, you can get high-quality medical assistant career training at most of the Everest College, Everest Institute and Everest University campuses across the United States. 

Everest offers one of the top Medical Assistant training programs in the country. We currently train and graduate more medical assistants than any other school in the United States. 

At Everest, you'll get the benefits of small classes, immersive hands-on training, a tightly focused curriculum, flexible class schedules, and instruction from experienced industry professionals. If you go to school full time, you can complete the diploma program and be ready for work in less than a year. A two-year associate degree program is also available. 

To learn more about Everest's Medical Assistant career training program, just fill out and submit the Request More Information form on this page. A friendly Everest representative will get back to you immediately to answer all your questions. 

Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Programs and schedules vary by campus.

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