The Short Story
Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing careers out there, even in this economy. Medical Assistants are the lifeblood of doctors’ practices (62% of all Medical Assistants work in doctors’ offices) and many other settings, where they perform a variety of critical tasks, both administrative (insurance billing, patient interaction, etc.) and clinical (dealing with medications, counseling patients, etc.).
The US Department of Labor estimates that employment of Medical Assistants will grow 35% between 2006 and 2016, which it describes as "much faster than the average" for other professions.
What Kinds Of Medical Assisting Jobs Are Out There?
As stated above, the majority of Medical Assistant careers are in doctors’ offices. Many schools offer separate programs for what are called Administrative Medical Assistants and Clinical Medical Assistants.
Administrative Medical Assistants work in the "front office," where they deal with appointment scheduling, insurance coding, billing, transcription, and other tasks.
Clinical Medical Assistants get patients settled in the examination rooms, keep the treatment and examination rooms neat and functional, help with collecting blood and other specimens from patients, and perform other important tasks.