Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and other health practitioners. It is extremely important that they keep patient information organized and confidential.
Depending on the location, specialty and size of the practice in which they work, their job duties may include:
Taking and recording patient history and personal information.
Measuring vital signs.
Giving patients injections at the direction of a supervising physician.
Scheduling patient appointments.
Preparing blood for laboratory tests.
Job outlook (2014-24): Growing much faster than average (23 percent projected growth)
National Median Salary
*Figure represents national average. To view the average salary in your state visit the bureau of labor statistics.
Education requirements: High school diploma/GED and postsecondary nondegree award (certificate)