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Job Outlook

Medical AssistantEmployment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2020 as the health services industry expands because of technological advances in medicine, and a growing and aging population. It is one of the fastest growing occupations.

Employment growth will be driven by the increase in the number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that need a high proportion of support personnel, particularly the flexible medical assistant who can handle both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants primarily work in outpatient settings, where much faster than average growth is expected.

In view of the preference of many health care employers for trained personnel, job prospects should be best for medical assistants with formal training or experience, particularly those with certification.

Employer Expectations

Physicians choose to employ individuals with the following skills and attitudes: interpersonal and verbal communication; critical thinking and problem solving; good self-esteem; organizational effectiveness; leadership; goal setting; team building; reading, writing, and computation. The occupation requires individuals who are people oriented and who are able to perform a variety of tasks in a helping profession.

Job Outlook for Medical Assistants (Bureau of Labor Statistics)