Monday, April 02, 2007

Medical Assistant Career Outlook

Okay, you have heard it over and over again: medical assisting will be one of the fastest growing occupational healthcare services in the USA through the year 2010. And guess what? It is true!

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)
Others find work with...
  • Ambulatory hemodialysis clinics
  • Temporary staffing agencies
  • Home healthcare agencies
  • Schools
  • Rehab clinics and spas
  • Correctional facilities and prisons
  • Pharmacies
  • Chiropractors, dentists, or veterinarians
  • US Department of Veterans Affairs
Medical Assistant's Earnings:Medical assistant salary range surveys indicated that the average monthly salaries for entry level medical assistants currently range from $1,600 to $1,760 net per month, compared with a range of $1,500 to $1,600 net three years ago.

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.

1 comment:

Star Career Academy said...

While this article provides a great overview of the medical assistant career outlook, it’s a bit dated. A lot changes year after year, including the demand for certain professionals, as well as their subsequent salary; so, five years ago, this information was accurate.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s website is a great resource for those looking to enter the professional world or change vocations. According to their records, the median annual wage of medical assistants was almost $30k in 2010. Depending on your level of experience, this salary may be $10,000 higher or lower.

As the article accurately states, the need for medical assistants will continue to grow until 2020. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, demand for these professionals is likely to increase by 31%, which is much faster than the average of all occupations. This is a result of the growth of the aging baby-boom population, which continues to spur demand for preventative medical services.

Whether you’re looking to enter the medical field, or you are simply interested in switching careers, the U.S. Department of Labor’s website is an updated tool that you should have bookmarked on your browser.