Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Medical Assistants Moving On and Up
Statistics show that over 70 per cent of all working medical assistants are employed in physician's private offices, and group practices. Another large group of medical assistants work for ophthalmologists, podiatrists, and chiropractors, and other healthcare providers.
Despite great time pressures and a very demanding work environment, the majority of medical assistants enjoy what they do. They find their jobs intellectually stimulating, meaningful, rewarding, and satisfyingly paid. Their salary is commensurate with their education, qualifications, certification, and years of experience, of course!
A medical assistant that is certified, and has worked for several years in all areas of the field may qualify for a position as medical assisting instructor at a vocational training institute. Other medical assistant professionals, including military medics, may continue their own education to achieve an Associate's Degree in medical assisting, or go on to become nurses. Yet, others may branch out into social and creative areas to apply their talents as medical illustrators, writers, advisors, translators, or interpreters.
It is through continuing education and experience that the medical assistant learns about different types of careers in the allied health and medical field. The possibility of transitioning, or cross training into a new position is just one of the many career decisions that an experienced medical assistant will eventually have to face. Of course, any career change almost always comes with new and unexpected challenges and set of responsibilities, but at the same time moving on and upwards also ties in with more exciting possibilities, increased benefits, and often more takes home pay.
If you would like to learn more about the medical assistant profession go to the Medical Assistant NET Web site. Medical Assistant Net is specifically designed to help medical assistant students and their instructors, as well as working medical assistants and their supervisors locate valuable resources and information pertaining to the medical assistant profession.
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