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What Are the Real Medical Assistant Career Trends?

By Colin McLean

For those thinking about medical assisting as a career move, it’s best to watch the trends and examine closely the informational sources that could affect your future. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, is a definitive source of information with valuable insights about medical assistant earning potentials, related occupations and additional sources of information.

For the medical assistant profession, employment opportunities are expected to grow 31 percent through 2020, which is above the average for all occupations. This makes sense! Why? Because technological advances, ever onward, continue to keep pace with the population growth and aging of the population. Therefore, it stands to reason there will be a need for qualified medical assistants and health care workers in general.

Elements helping to drive the need for qualified health care workers also include an increasing number of clinics, health care facilities and health care group practices. Primary care is also an area where demand is increasing for talented medical assistants. This is good news indeed for the eager jobseeker.

21st Century Technology Impacts Health Care Jobs

Health care professionals, in particular, have a keen understanding of how much technology has become an integral part of every medical field. Health care professionals are expected to participate in updating records, entering data and communicating via present communications technology.

It is critical that professionals have access to the information and files for patients, doctors and health care administrators to keep health care operations running smoothing and efficiently. As a result, more advanced applications are being developed for health care professionals. Being up on the latest technological advancements allows health care professionals to perform their jobs effectively.

Career Training Schools Contribute

Today’s employers seek medical assistant job candidates with certifications, diplomas or associate degrees due to the skills gained by these candidates and the confidence they can bring to the job on day one.

Attending a four-year institution after graduating high school is not always an option for everyone. Higher education is never a bad plan, but conventional colleges and universities are not the only option. Career training schools are able to offer benefits that a four-year school cannot. Job placement, a hallmark of many career training schools is not normally offered by a four-year institution. Graduates from the four-year school may not be prepared for what a particular career will really be like.

*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Medical Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (visited May 21, 2013).


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