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Medical Assistant Jobs: Are They for You?

Medical assistant jobs don't require the extensive education and training that a doctor does, making them easier to land a position in. Here's what you should know about them.


The medical field is always a fantastic career option, because it’s something that you can ensure has some form of actual security.  As long as there are people, there are going to be colds and illnesses, and there is going to be the need for someone to take care of them.  Plus with medical assistant work you don’t need the same types of actual schooling accolades, and you don’t have to undertake the same level of education in order to actually become one.  However, that’s not to say there aren’t certain steps that you’ll have to take, to really determine as to whether or not these types of jobs are really for you.

Of course, that also means that you want to have a better understanding of what a medical assistant actually is supposed to do, so that you can figure out if this is the sort of job that you want.  Basically, assistants are responsible for the office workings of a clinic or hospital.  That means the day to day activities of your job will concern the management of medical records and files, as well as all of the hospital’s filing needs.  You’ll also handle making appointments and that sort of thing as well, so that you’re literally organizing how the office is going to run on a daily basis.

For that reason, the education needed for a medical assistant is more business or secretarial, than what you’ll find from other types of jobs within the healthcare field.  For that reason, it’s a good idea to take classes such as:

                -Computer Science

                -Business

                -Finance

When you’re looking to set yourself up to be a medical assistant.  Of course the medical classes aren’t going to hurt, but it’s typically better to have an understanding, especially an in depth one, of the day to day services you’ll actually be providing.

What’s more, most medical assistant positions actually do not require any type of certification, because of the way that they are arranged.  This is because of a few things actually:

1) Medical assistants do not commonly participate in medical procedure.

This type of a position is quite a bit different than a nurse, in which the desk area and back office is chiefly where you’ll be operating, but you will have very little actual contact with patients.  That means you do not need certification in order to do things like draw blood, as well as treat patients or actually participate in the treatment of patients.

2) Medical assistants mainly deal with insurance, opposed to patients.

The main function that you’ll have in a medical capacity, is actually keeping track of insurance information, as well as sending claims to and from the insurance company.  That’s another reason that you’re actually not required to be certified.  But one thing that you will find is that you are required to sign legally binding confidentiality agreements.  The medical records that you’re going to have access to have to stay confidential, so you will have to be careful about the information that you’re exposed to.

Of course there are situations in which you will need medical assistant certification, depending upon what you’re actually asked to do.  If this is a job where you will be filling in for some nursing duties that require patient care, then you’re going to have to get certified to act as a nurse or assistant for medical procedure.  What’s more, the same is true of professions that require you to act as a pharmacist in any instance, or to handle drugs of any kind for a patient.

But you’re also going to find that money is always a concern with any type of profession, and you want to be sure that the potential for making money really is there for you.  What you’re going to find is that medical assistant jobs are not always the highest paying, but they will pay you fairly so long as it’s the right job and you have the right experience.  Most typically entry level salaries can range between $25,000 and $30,000.  But then some assistants can actually make in excess of $50,000 with the right work background.   While that may sound a bit lower than what you were looking for, it is a fantastic career that can ensure that you’re always able to find a job just about anywhere in the US.

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