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Quick Facts: Medical Assistants
2018 Median Pay $33,610 per year
$16.16 per hour
Typical Entry-Level Education Postsecondary nondegree award
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2016 634,400
Job Outlook, 2016-26 29% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2016-26 183,900

What Medical Assistants Do

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

Work Environment

Most medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities.

How to Become a Medical Assistant

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 $33,610 in May 2018.

Job Outlook

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026, 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.

State & Area Data

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Similar Occupations

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More Information, Including Links to O*NET

Learn more about medical assistants by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.

Read more from the Bureau of Labor Statists about What They Do  |  Work Environment   |  How to Become One   |  Pay Job Outlook  |  State and Area Data Similar Occupations


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