Medical Assistants support a wide range of essential functions in healthcare, performing an array of administrative and clinical tasks in a variety of settings, and the need for Medical Assistants is only growing. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the number of Medical Assistants is expected to increase 29% percent through 2026, making it a booming field that is growing more rapidly than the 11% growth expected for all occupations.
As a career that is relatively quick to get into, with a certification taking just 10 months to obtain, and one that has an average annual salary of more than $32,000, it is a solid career choice that cements you in the fabric of the ever-growing healthcare industry. It also affords an array of employment options, meaning that as a Medical Assistant, you can work in a variety of settings—not just in a doctor’s office, though that is where an estimated 62% of Medical Assistants are employed.
Here are a few different settings to consider, if you are interested in diversifying.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced environment and don’t necessarily want to be tied to a 9-to-5, working in a hospital may be a good fit for you. Given their 24/7 business hours and the diversity of cases (you will likely see everything from life-threatening trauma to routine procedures), this could be the job to keep you on your toes—morning, noon, nights, and weekends. There are also more than 5,500 hospitals in the United States, making it pretty likely there’s one hiring nearby.
If you prefer not interfacing with patients nearly as much, this might be the setting for you. Working as a Medical Assistant in a diagnostic laboratory means you will run tests on samples, record results, and input data. You could also be tasked with supporting scientists if the lab you’re working at is at a research university, and work in medical research and development.
Assisted Living Communities
If you have a passion for helping people, participating in geriatric care at an assisted living community may be the perfect Medical Assistant role for you. As the Baby Boomer generation ages into retirement, the demand for assistance in senior living communities across the country will only continue to grow. Help them make the most of their final years by performing daily living tasks, taking vital signs, and maintaining medical records.
Disclaimer: The viewpoint expressed in this article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the viewpoint of the owners or employees at Healthcare Staffing Innovations, LLC.