Medical Assistants

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Medium Preparation Needed

Job Description

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 units

All Tools



Tablet computers


Syringe needles

Suture removers

Suction tubing

Suction machines

Subcutaneous hypodermic needles

Staple removers



Snellen eye charts

Single draw needles



Pulmonary nebulizers

Pulmonary function measurement equipment



Personal computers

Oxygen tanks

Oxygen masks

Oxygen equipment



Notebook computers


Microscope slides

Microcapillary hematocrit tubes

Metric rules

Mechanical stethoscopes

Mayo stands

Manual blood pressuring measurement equipment


Laser printers



Intramuscular needles

Intradermal needles

Hearing aids

Handheld occluders

Gait belts

Flexible sigmoidoscopy equipment

Evacuated collection tube holders/adapters

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Enema equipment

Endotracheal ET tubes

Electronic blood pressure measuring devices

Electrocautery equipment

Electrocardiography EKG units

Dosimetry badges

Dictation equipment



Credit card readers


Cast cutters


Butterfly needles


Blood collection vials

Blood chemistry analyzers

Binocular light compound microscopes





Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS

Intuit QuickBooks

MEDITECH software

Microsoft SharePoint

Appointment scheduling software

Billing software

Bookkeeping software

All 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 Exchange

Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS

Microsoft Windows Vista Business

Microsoft Windows XP Professional

Patient management software

Spreadsheet software

Visual electro diagnostic software



Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Active Listening

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.

Social Perceptiveness

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.

Critical Thinking

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.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Time Management

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.

Learning Strategies

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

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