Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks, which keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. In small practices, Medical Assistants usually do many tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators.
Medical Assistants constantly interact with other people and may have to handle several responsibilities at once. Most full-time Medical Assistants work a regular 40-hour week. However, Medical Assistants may work part-time, evenings, or weekends.
Employment of Medical Assistants is expected to grow 34 percent through 2018. As the healthcare industry expands due to technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population, there will be an increased need for all healthcare workers. Use of Medical Assistants allows doctors to care for more patients and will further stimulate job growth.
Helping to drive job growth is the increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel, particularly medical assistants who can handle both administrative and clinical duties. In addition, Medical Assistants work in primary care, a consistently growing sector of the healthcare industry.
Medical Assistants are projected to account for a very large number of new jobs, and many other opportunities will come from the need to replace workers leaving the occupation. Medical Assistants with formal training or experience—particularly those with certification—should have the best job opportunities, since employers generally prefer to hire these workers.
Source: Technical College System of Georgia Knowledge Management System