Projected Growth: Much faster than average
Projected Job Openings
Medium Preparation Needed
Your job is to Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
Common job titles of Medical Assistants include:
Experience and Education
Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.
64.99% said they needed a Post-Secondary Certificate.
17.85% said they needed a Associate's Degree.
Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
Schedule appointments for patients.
Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments or materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures.
Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.
Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing.
Operate x-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG), or other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests.
Keep financial records or perform other bookkeeping duties, such as handling credit or collections or mailing monthly statements to patients.
Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients.
Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
Perform general office duties, such as answering telephones, taking dictation, or completing insurance forms.
Contact medical facilities or departments to schedule patients for tests or admission.
Greet and log in patients arriving at office or clinic.
Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses.
Set up medical laboratory equipment.
Inventory and order medical, lab, or office supplies or equipment.
Change dressings on wounds.
X ray machines
X ray development equipment
Tuberculin TB skin test equipment
Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS unitsAll Tools
Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
Snellen eye charts
Single draw needles
Pulmonary function measurement equipment
Microcapillary hematocrit tubes
Manual blood pressuring measurement equipment
Flexible sigmoidoscopy equipment
Evacuated collection tube holders/adapters
Evacuated blood collection tubes
Endotracheal ET tubes
Electronic blood pressure measuring devices
Electrocardiography EKG units
Credit card readers
Blood collection vials
Blood chemistry analyzers
Binocular light compound microscopes
Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS
Appointment scheduling software
Bookkeeping softwareAll Technologies
Business software applications
Diagnostic and procedural coding software
Electronic medical record EMR software
GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
IDX Systems Patient Chart Tracking
Medical procedure coding software
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
Microsoft Windows Vista Business
Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Patient management software
Visual electro diagnostic software
Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Actively looking for ways to help people.
Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Judgment and Decision Making
Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Teaching others how to do something.
Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension
Medicine and Dentistry
Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Computers and Electronics
Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Administration and Management
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training
Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Public Safety and Security
Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.