Recent US Job Market Trend AnalysisHealth care employment has increased by 264,000 jobs over the year 2005, according to a September 2, 2005 statement by BLS Commissioner Kathleen P. Utgoff.
Medical Assistant's OutlookMedical assistants held about 365,000 jobs in 2002. Sixty percent worked in physicians' offices; 15 percent worked in hospitals, including in- and outpatient healthcare facilities. The rest were employed in nursing homes, offices of other health practitioners and other healthcare facilities.
Read: US Department of Labor
US Bureau of Labor Statistics for Medical Assistants:Currently, about 12 million people work in the healthcare industry in the United States, which includes approximately 800,000 physicians in ambulatory (primary), secondary (specialty) and tertiary care, along with 2.1 million RN's and 500,000 medical assistants. The need for medical assistants is expected to continue to grow.
Medical Assistants are on the Move!
Medical assistants are moving into every direction. Their training may qualify them for a variety of other related administrative support occupations such as medical records clerk or medical billing and coding specialist. Some may become medical assisting instructors, while others may continue their own education and work on an associate degree in medical assisting.
There are many job opportunities for medical assistants and more places to work than just physician's offices. Medical Assistants can work in...
- Physician's and healthcare practitioner's medical offices (private and group practices)
- Specialty and subspecialty offices (ophthalmology, podiatry)
- General medical and surgical hospitals
- Offices owned by licensed health practitioners
- Outpatient medical care centers
- Other ambulatory medical services (e.g. emergency services)
- Ambulatory hemodialysis clinics
- Temporary staffing agencies
- Home healthcare agencies
- Rehab clinics and spas
- Correctional facilities and prisons
- Chiropractors, dentists, or veterinarians
- US Department of Veterans Affairs
After two years of experience average monthly salaries range from $1,900 to $2,200 monthly net; mostly depending on where you live and also what type of medical office. Specialists pay more than general family physicians.
Medical Assistants generally receive higher salaries and more benefits than those without certification credentials.Private Practice vs. HospitalSingle doctors' offices, especially specialty physicians often pay more than hospitals.