Medical Assistants


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+19.2% (much faster than the average)


What Medical Assistants Do

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Other Job Titles Medical Assistants May Have

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Chiropractor Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Doctor's Assistant, Health Assistant, Ophthalmic Assistant, Ophthalmological Assistant, Optometric Assistant, Outpatient Surgery Assistant, Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Medical Officer ,

The KIT Group

If someone was to shadow me, they'd hopefully get to lead a portion of a safety class out on the shooting range. We always get clients who get "slide bites," so there's a good chance that they'd actually get to treat a small injury, maybe throw on some bandages. Our main goal out on the shooting range is always to make sure everyone leaves with the same amount of holes that they came with.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.

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