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Average Medical Assistant Pay vs. Other Best Jobs

According to a US News and World Salary Report

Medical Assistants earned an average salary of $35,720 in 2019. Comparable jobs earned the following average salary in 2019: Registered Nurses made $77,460, Medical Secretaries made $38,090, Nursing Aides made $30,720, and Personal Care Aides made $26,440.

Medical Assistant Career – Advice and Reviews

This article is shared from a recent US News and World Report on Best Jobs

What is a Medical Assistant?

MEDIAN SALARY
$34,800
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
1.9%
NUMBER OF JOBS
139,200

A medical assistant’s job is a mix of traditional office work, including manning the front desk, answering phones and filing insurance forms, as well as tasks, such as drawing blood and preparing it for lab tests, administering injections and making sure medical histories are accurately recorded. More specialized roles include assisting ophthalmologists or optometrists with basic vision tests and helping patients learn to insert, remove and care for contact lenses.

A routine visit to the doctor is really a visit with an entire team, including a growing number of medical assistants. Medical assistants are likely the first and last faces you’ll see during any medical appointment, either in your doctor’s office or at a larger medical organization.

The aging baby boomer population will help drive demand for more medical assistants, who will be needed to support doctors and nurses as they diagnose and treat patients. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 19.2 percent employment growth for medical assistants between 2019 and 2029. In that period, an estimated 139,200 jobs should open up.

Job Satisfaction

Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers might as well have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling. A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here’s how Medical Assistants job satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

Medical Assistant Career – Advice and Reviews

This article is shared from a recent US News and World Report on Best Jobs

What is a Medical Assistant?

MEDIAN SALARY
$34,800
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
1.9%
NUMBER OF JOBS
139,200

A medical assistant’s job is a mix of traditional office work, including manning the front desk, answering phones and filing insurance forms, as well as tasks, such as drawing blood and preparing it for lab tests, administering injections and making sure medical histories are accurately recorded. More specialized roles include assisting ophthalmologists or optometrists with basic vision tests and helping patients learn to insert, remove and care for contact lenses.

A routine visit to the doctor is really a visit with an entire team, including a growing number of medical assistants. Medical assistants are likely the first and last faces you’ll see during any medical appointment, either in your doctor’s office or at a larger medical organization.

The aging baby boomer population will help drive demand for more medical assistants, who will be needed to support doctors and nurses as they diagnose and treat patients. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 19.2 percent employment growth for medical assistants between 2019 and 2029. In that period, an estimated 139,200 jobs should open up.

Job Satisfaction

Average Americans work well into their 60s, so workers might as well have a job that’s enjoyable and a career that’s fulfilling. A job with a low stress level, good work-life balance and solid prospects to improve, get promoted and earn a higher salary would make many employees happy. Here’s how Medical Assistants job satisfaction is rated in terms of upward mobility, stress level and flexibility.

Average Medical Assistant Pay vs. Other Best Jobs

According to a US News and World Salary Report

Medical Assistants earned an average salary of $35,720 in 2019. Comparable jobs earned the following average salary in 2019: Registered Nurses made $77,460, Medical Secretaries made $38,090, Nursing Aides made $30,720, and Personal Care Aides made $26,440.

Salary Range for Medical Assisting

According to the NHA, Medical Assistants earn a median salary of $32,480 .

Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics

Professionalism, verbal communication, and critical thinking are the most important soft skills desired by employers of Medical Assistants

New Career In Medical Assisting

Do you want a career where you can really make a difference? Medical assistants are valued members of the modern healthcare team, helping to improve patient care and the lives of others. If you’ve ever considered working in healthcare, here are a few benefits.

1. You will Provide Important Patient Care

Your career as a medical assistant will be all about helping others. Medical assistants support  physicians in their practice as well as other healthcare professionals. Most importantly, they get to help patients! Medical assistants take patient histories, answer questions, show patients how to access their health insurance benefits, and often act as a liaison between the patient and other members of the healthcare team. Patients look to medical assistants to help them understand tests and procedures they are receiving and to ease their fears as they face them.

2. You will Interact with People from All Walks of Life

As a medical assistant, you will be meeting people from all walks of life. If you’re a “people-person”, this could be the career for you. In addition to interacting with physicians and medical staff, you’ll get to know patients and their family members. Not to mention the countless people who make their way in and out of healthcare facilities every day!

3. Your Career Is Rewarding

Whether you’re helping a patient access medical benefits, taking vital signs, or performing blood draws, lab procedures and EKGs, what you do really matters. You will be part of a rewarding profession where your patients will appreciate what you do. You’ll have lots of direct patient access and your skills, training and compassion can all make a difference in someone else’s life and in the lives of those they love.

4. Promising Job Growth

If you become a medical assistant, you can expect that through 2022 your job growth will be much faster than the national average (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). The reason for this high demand is that there are more healthcare facilities and more patients using them.

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