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 Jobs for Medical Assistants

How is the job market for medical assistants in New York today and where are the best jobs? We know that this is a popular and growing profession, but not all jobs are the same and not all markets are good. Let’s look at where the jobs are and who the employers are looking for.

A medical assistant can work in a wide variety of environments and do a lot of different things depending upon that environment. With the health care act and changes in workloads, medical assistants are finding themselves to be in demand but also being asked to do more than they had before.

The (BLS) United States Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the job growth for this profession to be at least 29% in the next eight to ten years. This is a growth rate that far surpasses what is projected for all jobs overall. Medical assistants currently earn from $30,000 – $40,000 regardless of the environment they work in.

By environment I mean the medical assistant can work in a physician’s office – either front office or back office. They might work in a hospital, a nursing home, rehab facility or assisted living facility. Duties will vary greatly from taking vitals to keeping documents and appointments. They also work in podiatrist and chiropractor offices. As more and more offices and physicians move to electronic records, more medical assistants will be asked to know how to work with the software for the records.

There is also a growing area of specialty that medical assistants can move into. There are specialties in administration and clinical. Within each of these, one can specialize in dental, ortho, optomology and more.

Last year the best states for medical assistants in respect to the amount and kind of jobs open, as well as the salary paid were Alaska at the top and Connecticut at #5 with the District of Columbia, Massachusetts and Washington in between and in that order. The salaries in Alaska were in the low $40,000s and in Connecticut they ran around $34,000 plus.

How much you can earn depends in part on the education of the medical assistant because it can be widely varied. You can be a medical assistant with only a high school diploma and on the job training or you can get a two year associate degree with classes in anatomy, biology, medical records, software and chemistry. Some 2 year programs or even one year programs offer certification upon completion. Some states require certification in order to work in that state.
Medical assistants who are certified and work full time tend to earn about $33,000 while those without certification earn about $28,000. Regardless of where you train or if it is one or two years, a test is required for certification. There are five different agencies through which you can acquire certification as a medical assistant. These agencies include the National Health Career Association, the American Association of Medical Assistants, the National Center for Competency Testing and the American Medical Technologists.

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