Medical Assistant

Medical Assistant

If you like health and wellness, and you’re a people-person who enjoys helping others, you might consider the hot career of medical assisting.

Medical assistants work in different types of medical offices and assist doctors with a variety of patient-related tasks, such as taking and measuring vital signs, giving injections, and preparing blood for laboratory tests, notes the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, they may handle administrative duties like answering phones, recording patient information, and scheduling appointments.

Why It’s Taking Over: “With the increase of aging baby boomers, many more medical assistants will be needed to help with their health care needs, both in hospitals and elderly care facilities,” says Merritt.

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Also, the Department of Labor states that as electronic health records (EHR) become more prevalent, the demand for medical assistants is expected to increase.

Education Options: The Department notes that if you want to pursue this career, most states do not have formal education requirements, but most assistants typically have a high school diploma. The Department also notes that some states might require you to graduate from an accredited program, or complete a medical assistant exam, or both.