Medical Assistant Jobs and Careers
With the population getting older and fighting to stay healthier, it’s not hard to imagine that the need and demand for qualified medical assistants is increasing to keep pace.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment opportunities for medical assistant jobs are expected to grow 34 percent within the next 10 years. This is much faster than the average for all occupations.*
Of course, employment and job opportunities, as well as Salary and Wages, will also be a result of your own work ethic, professional demeanor, and seasonal or local market conditions. But when you finish your course through Everest, you will have an added advantage in your job search. Everest graduates are aided by Career Placement staff who work hard to assist them in landing that first medical assistant job out of school. And this service is available to graduates for the rest of their careers!
With the right educational background, medical assistants can become an indispensable part of the health care field. Health care professionals, such as physicians, are extremely reliant on medical assistants. Other venues that value medical assistant training and skills include clinics, nursing homes, medical supply businesses, home health agencies and insurance companies.
Medical assistants who receive training in both administrative and clinical procedures can be even more versatile and have additional career opportunities. Some additional jobs medical assistants can fill with additional training include:
- Medical Receptionists
- Medical Records & Health Information Technician
- Medical Secretary
- Medical Transcriptionist
- And more...
Medical Assistant Jobs and Employment Search Strategies
While no job is truly recession proof, medical assistant jobs continue to become available for qualified job applicants aggressively pursuing employment. A key element of success for the medical assistant job seeker seeking to find employment will be how well prepared he or she is for the inevitable job interview.
Applicants pursuing medical assistant jobs will need to have an acceptable answer for the following questions employers may ask during the interview process.
- Explain how you plan to handle angry customers
- Name your strong qualifications
- Comment on you ability to get along with co-workers
Medical assistant descriptions are not necessarily reflective of every Medical Assistant program offered at all Everest campuses.**
*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 17, 2013). Your own hard work, professional attitude and demeanor, experience, and local market factors may impact personal employment opportunities.
** Programs may vary by campus. Make sure you check with a campus representative in your area to find out about the courses offered.