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Medical Assisting Ranks Ninth in Best Jobs Without a College Degree

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Medical Assistants rank #9 in Best Jobs Without A College Degree. 

Jobs are ranked according to their ability to offer an elusive mix of factors. Read more about how we rank the best jobs.

What is a Medical Assistant?

 

MEDIAN SALARY
$35,850
UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
5.8%
NUMBER OF JOBS
132,600

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 hands-on 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 18.4 percent employment growth for medical assistants between 2020 and 2030. In that period, an estimated 132,600 jobs should open up.

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