Medical Assistant Career Profile
By Cixx Admin Date Posted.. 2009-07-06 19:19:51
Views (4597)

Medical Assistant

Description:  Medical assistants are in charge of the administrative tasks to keep medical offices running smoothly and in an organized manner.  They also do the same for local clinics.  As opposed to physicians assistants who work alongside a doctor to diagnose and assist in treating patients, a medical assistant works on more clerical duties in the office.  Depending upon the kind of office the medical assistant works in, and the size of the office, this job can vary greatly.  

On the administrative side of the job, you can expect a lot of filing records, recording updates, dealing with insurance forms and relying lab information.  There is also a portion of the job that is focused on duties such as answering phones, greeting patients and having them fill out forms, dealing with correspondence, making appointments, and handling billing and bookkeeping.

All in all, it is a diverse job that is focused on the overall organization of the office, and deals with many matters that seem appropriate to a secretary in an office.  The difference being that a medical assistant must also be familiar with the type of medicine that is performed in their offices, and be able to speak the language of medicine to the incoming patients.  They must be able to handle questions over the phone, and deal with various physical states of their patients.

Statistics:  It is said that this occupation is expected to grow faster than average due to the increased number of people seeking medical attention and care in the coming decade. The above average growth is slated at around 35% in the coming years, and this is true for most positions in the healthcare industry.

Training:  Unlike other positions in the healthcare industry, a medical assistant does not need a heavy background in medicine.  Medical assisting programs can be found at most vocational schools and community colleges, usually lasting about 1 year.  There are also associate programs that last for 2 years.   Medicine, medical law, and physiology are just some of the topics that are covered.

Salary:  Dependent upon years of experience and level of education, the salary for a medical assistant will vary.  The average salary for 2006 ran at $26,290 annually, with an estimable range from $21,970 to $31,210.

  Other related Articles from : Career Profiles
CNA    Description:  CNA stands for Certified Nursing Assistant, and they are also called orderlies, nurse aids, home health aides, and many other terms.  Their job places them under the supervision of a nurse, and their jurisdiction is the daily tasks of the patient.  Because of this, CNA’s ... more
Number of views (4565)
Court Reporter     Description:  Court Reporters are in charge of transcribing various speeches and dialogues using a transcription or stenography machine.  Such events where a court reporter might be present are speeches, legal proceedings, meetings, and other conversations where the dialogue ... more
Number of views (4407)
Dental Assistant   Description:  Dental Assistants perform a number of duties in the dental office including patient care, lab tests, and office duties.  What they do not do are the procedures that dental hygienists perform.   It’s required that you be well-educated, reliable, and good with ... more
Number of views (4472)
Pharmacy Technician     Description:  It’s important to make the right distinctions between the duties of a Pharmacy Technician and a Pharmacist.  The duty of the technician is to help the licensed pharmacist provide the necessary meds to patients and consumers.  This involves routine organi ... more
Number of views (4561)
Electrical Engineer    Description:  Electrical engineers work on electronic technology that helps our everyday lives.  For instance, GPS systems, generators that power electricity and aircraft electrical systems are just some of the innovations that have been created by electrical engineers.  ... more
Number of views (4418)
Anesthesiologist  Description:    An Anesthesiologist is what is known as a peri-operative physician.  They are in the operating room before, during, and after surgery to administer anesthesia at appropriate time and in the right quantities.  They must evaluate each patient before surgery and ... more
Number of views (14993)
Paralegal Legal  Description:  Lawyers are consumed with a number of different tasks, and that’s when they relegate some of the tasks to a paralegal.  They are also known as legal assistants, and they perform a growing range of jobs.  They do not actually perform any tasks that directly affec ... more
Number of views (4753)
Food Scientist Description:  A food scientist is responsible for maintaining the available food supply in the nation by ensuring productivity and food safety in the agricultural sector.   A food scientist is constantly study the quantity and quality of our food supply, and searching and experimen ... more
Number of views (4792)
Chemical Engineer  Description:   Chemical engineering is one of the many branches of engineering, and combines physical sciences like chemistry and physics with mathematics.  The aim of chemical engineering is to take materials and chemicals and discover how to use them in ways that benefit soc ... more
Number of views (5086)
Mortician  Description:  The job of the Mortician has expanded in recent years, and now constitutes a vast array of tasks and responsibilities; some of which were once the job of the clergy.    They are now more intimately involved in funeral services, far beyond the job of simply organizing.  ... more
Number of views (15971)
2009 - All Rights Reserved .
Design & Developed by : Mechtechnologies