Job Title

Medical Assistants

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Sector:
Minimum Education Level: Post-Secondary Non-Degree Award
Percent of Total Jobs in Industry: 0.44%
Employed in Industry Group: 2794
Change (Over 10 Years): 482

Job Description

Medical assistants collect and prepare laboratory specimens or perform basic laboratory tests on the premises, dispose of contaminated supplies, and sterilize medical instruments. They also arrange examining-room instruments and equipment, purchase and maintain supplies and equipment, and keep waiting and examining rooms neat and clean.

WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?

FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS:

Analytical skills:Medical assistants must be able to understand and follow medical charts and diagnoses. They may be required to code a patient’s medical records for billing purposes.

Detail oriented: Medical assistants need to be precise when taking vital signs or recording patient information. Physicians and insurance companies rely on accurate records.

Interpersonal skills: Medical assistants need to be able to discuss patient information with other medical personnel, such as physicians. They often interact with patients who may be in pain or in distress, so they need to be able to act in a calm and professional manner.

Technical skills: Medical assistants should be able to use basic clinical instruments so they can take a patient’s vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure.

TRAINING:

Medical Assistants usually need a high school diploma or equivalent. Formal training in medical assisting, while generally preferred, is not always required. Some medical assistants are trained on the job, although this practice is less common than in the past. Most employers prefer graduates of formal programs in medical assisting. Such programs are offered in vocational-technical high schools, postsecondary vocational schools, and community and junior colleges.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?

  • You enjoy working with people.
  • You like caring for others, especially during difficult times.
  • You enjoy following directions.
  • You pay attention to detail.

WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?

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