Getting to Know the Duties of a Medical Assistant

You thrive in versatile work environments where you’re always doing something different. Analytical, technical and detail oriented, you have a passion for getting things done, and done right. Maybe you’ve always pictured yourself working with people.

If this sounds familiar, you could go into a career in medical assisting. If you have the drive and passion, this career path could lead to endless opportunities or be fulfilling for you. If you’re having trouble deciding a career path, consider exploring a profession as a medical assistant.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Medical assistants do administrative and clinical tasks in healthcare facilities. It may sound straight forward, but medical assistants have a variety of work day in and out.

Day-to-day responsibilities will change based on the location, specialty and size of the practice you work for. Because of this, medical assistants often specialize to a specific medical office, such as pediatric or optometric.

Typical responsibilities include recording patient history and personal information, measuring vital signs, helping physicians with exams, administering injections and medications, scheduling patient appointments, preparing blood samples for lab tests and updating electronic health records (EHRs). Medical assistants are also generally responsible for maintaining the flow of patients from the waiting room to the exam room.

Open Possibilities

The wide array of job responsibilities for a medical assistant allows for an easy transition into other positions. This job is perfect if you want to be a nurse because many of the skills learned as a medical assistant can be used in a nursing career.

As a medical assistant, there are also a lot of choices in work environments. They are needed in hospitals, physician’s offices, outpatient care centers and other healthcare facilities.

Growing Demand

As the baby boomer population continues to age, the demand for medical services and healthcare professionals is higher than ever. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistants held about 634,400 jobs in 2016, and the employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2016 to 2026. In this growing market, dressing for success doesn’t start at the interview. Those who have a certification and are familiar with electronic health records will have the competitive edge to land their job of choice.

Marion Technical College (MTC) has been training students to become highly skilled medical assistants for over 17 years. Let MTC help dress your resume for success with our accredited 1,300-hour medical assisting program.

You can also read MTC’s monthly magazine The Scoop for tips on how to dress for success to begin and further your career goals. For more information, call MTC at (352) 671-7200 or browse the program online.