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Medical Assistant Employment and Salary Outlook

The Medical Assistant employment outlook is bright! Most Medical Assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities. Medical Assistants record patient’s medical history, vital stats or information such as test results and medical records, interview patients to obtain medical information and measure vital signs, weight, height, etc., prepare treatment rooms for patient exams, collect blood, tissue or other lab specimens, log specimens and prepare them for testing.
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Medical Assistant Employment Outlook

Medical Assistants are responsible for completing a wide variety of administrative and clinical tasks across a range of healthcare organizations. Medical Assistants work in hospitals, doctors' offices and other medical facilities. They can help with the administrative tasks such as preparing patients for examinations and treatments or they can provide clinical care which might include collecting blood from patients, taking X-rays, or helping to set up emergency room treatment areas. Once established, further Medical Assistant employment opportunities with more certifications and higher salary become available to entry level Medical Assistant. Many further their education to become Nurses.

Most Medical Assistants work in physicians' offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities. These specialists are involved in a range of duties that keep the office or facility running smoothly. They may create and maintain patient records; greet patients and visitors; schedule appointments; prepare and distribute statements on billing issues; handle correspondence and more.

The median annual wage for medical assistants was $37,190 in May 2021.
The median pay per hour before overtime in 2021 was $17.88.

The Medical Assistant Profession is still a growing field, with a predicted growth of 18% by 2030. Job opportunities for medical assistants are expected to rise by an average of 104,400 openings each year over the next ten years as many can result from need to replace workers who transfer or exit the labor force.

Learn More About Medical Assistant Salary and Job Outlook From the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I become a Medical Assistant?

Medical Assistant positions are required to have specialized certifications.
At Austin Career Institute, graduates are qualified to take the following certification exams:

  • Medical Assistant Certificaion
  • EKG Technician Certification
  • Phlebotomy Tehnicial Certification
  • How long does it take to become a Medical Assistant?

    Most medical assistant programs take between nine months and two years to complete.
    Join Austin Career Institute and earn your Medical Assistant certificate in about 10 months!

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    What will I learn as a Medical Assistant student?

    Austin Career Institute's Medical Assistant program is designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in medical offices. Students learn about office procedures, laboratory techniques, and medical terminology.
    Our up-to-date equipment and labs will equip you with the latest skills in the industry. You will get hands on training and our knowledgeable instructors will make sure you're getting the best education possible to succeed in the medical field.

    Is the program available in Spanish?

    Currently, our programs are offered in English because the national certification examination is conducted in English. However, we encourage Spanish-speaking candidates to apply, as there are local job openings that require Spanish language skills.

    Am I qualified for financial aid?

    We offer financial aid to qualified students, so make sure you are eligible!
    Interested applicants can apply today and receive a free consultation about grants funding.

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    How soon can I get a job in the field?

    We're committed to preparing our graduates for the opportunities that are present in today's modern workplace. This includes helping them develop the right skills, giving them an edge over their peers, and equipping them with the latest tools that will be expected of them.
    Most of our students take advantage of our Job Placement Assistance and get hired before their scheduled gruaduation date.

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