Occupational Outlook Handbook – Medical Assistants
Medical Assistant Summary
|Quick Facts: Medical Assistants|
|$34,800 per year
$16.73 per hour
|Postsecondary non-degree award|
|19% (Much faster than average)|
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, offices of physicians, and other healthcare facilities.
Most medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities.
Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.
The median annual wage for medical assistants was $34,800 in May 2019.
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 19 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
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