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Medical assistants perform routine administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices and clinics of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and optometrists running smoothly.
Preparing patients for examinations, they take vital signs such as temperature, pulse, and respiration. They assist with first aid, collect and process specimens, and perform ordered tests. As the physician’s right hand, these professionals schedule appointments, prepare and maintain patient records, and arrange hospital admissions. A medical assistant serves as a liaison between the physician and others, such as pharmaceutical sales people.
Most medical assistants work in physician offices. Medical assistants often find employment either in full-time or part-time positions.
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Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the BLS.
About 104,400 openings for medical assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
There are both 1-year and 2-year medical assisting programs.
Two-year programs result in associate degrees while 1-year programs grant certificates or diplomas.
Formal training in medical assisting is most widely preferred but is not always required. Some medical assistants are trained on the job, although this is less common than it was in the past.
Licensure is not required in the state of Connecticut.
American Association of Medical Assistants
20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 1575
Chicago, IL 60606