Medical Assistants

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Much faster than average

99700+
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:
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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.

Tasks

    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.

Tools

X ray machines

X ray development equipment

Wheelchairs

Walkers

Vitalors

Tuberculin TB skin test equipment

Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS units

All Tools

Tourniquets

Tonometers

Tablet computers

Syringes

Syringe needles

Suture removers

Suction tubing

Suction machines

Subcutaneous hypodermic needles

Staple removers

Splints

Spirometers

Snellen eye charts

Single draw needles

Scanners

Retinoscopes

Pulmonary nebulizers

Pulmonary function measurement equipment

Plethysmographs

Pipettes

Personal computers

Oxygen tanks

Oxygen masks

Oxygen equipment

Otoscopes

Opthalmoscopes

Notebook computers

Nebulizers

Microscope slides

Microcapillary hematocrit tubes

Metric rules

Mechanical stethoscopes

Mayo stands

Manual blood pressuring measurement equipment

Lensometers

Laser printers

Lancets

Keratometers

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

Culturettes

Crutches

Credit card readers

Centrifuges

Cast cutters

Canes

Butterfly needles

Breathalyzers

Blood collection vials

Blood chemistry analyzers

Binocular light compound microscopes

Baumanometers

Autoclaves

Audiometers

Technologies

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

eClinicalWorks

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

Skills

Speaking

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

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.

Writing

Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Coordination

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.

Instructing

Teaching others how to do something.

Abilities

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

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Occupation Sections

Knowledge

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.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Clerical

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.

Psychology

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.

Mathematics

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.

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