Medical Assistants, it’s a great time to be looking for a new job! Not just because of the pandemic, but also due to the aging baby-boom population.
As you begin your search for new employment you will be pleased to find that the nationwide median pay for a Medical Assistant is about $36,000, but will vary by regional cost-of-living considerations; about 10% of Medical Assistants earn more than $48,000.*
In fact, with the need for Medical Assistants growing, experts now say that job opportunities for this profession will dramatically outpace job growth in most other sectors for the rest of the decade. In fact, the Bureau of Labor & Statistics in its Bureau’s Occupational Outlook Handbook makes it crystal clear: “Medical assistants are expected to have good job prospects; however, those who earn certification and have familiarity with electronic health records (EHRs) may have better job prospects.”
Between now and the end of the decade, government analysts predict an overall 4% growth rate for all job categories, but for Medical Assistants, it’s a whopping 19%! That’s right… job opportunities for trained Medical Assistants will outpace the general economy nearly 5 times over. To put it another way, job growth for Medical Assistants will be nearly 5 times as fast as most other jobs. The Bureau of Labor & Statistics labels this “much faster than average.” Here’s an excerpt from the Bureau’s Occupational Outlook Handbook:
“The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As a result, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities will also need support workers, particularly medical assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry.”
As you complete your Medical Assisting Program, you will be entering the job market as a more valuable candidate for employment. You don’t require on-the-job training, and you are familiar with medical equipment, medical terms, and the general operations at medical offices and facilities. You will be prepared to work with patients in both a clinical and an administrative capacity.
In 2019 there were more than 700,000 Medical Assistant jobs in the U.S., and well over half of them were in doctors’ offices. Hospitals, outpatient care facilities and chiropractors also hire Medical Assistants, with many of these healthcare facilities operating beyond the 9 to 5 average workday. Accordingly, most Medical Assistants who are interested can work full-time shifts during a normal work week, but also have the option of working evening or weekend shifts at those 24-hour facilities. As a Medical Assistant, you will have the flexibility to choose the type of facility you’d like to work at, and also have the option to select a shift that best meet the scheduling needs of you and your family.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Medical Assistants, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm (visited February 16, 2021).