Thursday, December 20, 2007

Medical Assistants: "Where Is The Money?"

I have heard many stories from frustrated medical assistant program graduates not being able to find a job, and those who did, say their jobs are not paying well enough to consider staying in the field.

However, there ARE countless satisfied medical assistants that work side by side with LPN's and RN's in well respected positions, such as health clinics, medical offices, even schools, and public institutions on local and state level, such a correctional facilities, and from time to time, the City Health Department.

Not all medical assistants are doomed to labor in a small medical office at minimum pay without hope for a raise or progress. While an inexperienced medical assistant may not have much of a choice other than to start with just $20,000 in the first year, fully experienced medical assistants can earn as much as $40,000, or more in a year.

Medical assistants fresh out of school are not without hope! As awareness among employers about the medical assistant's qualifications grows, and the range of related healthcare positions increases they just need to know where to look and how to be better prepared.

City and government jobs are now being offered more frequently to medical assistants than ever before. These positions are an excellent avenue for advancement and better pay. For example, in 2007 a Director of Nursing in Philadelphia hired new certified medical assistants at $32,000 annual salary, plus a hefty benefit package of 12 sick days, 2 weeks vacation, 4 personal days, 11 paid holidays, and all weekends off!!!

Other advantages are weekend shifts, rarely seen in a doctor's office, but common in health clinics, where Saturdays pay time and 1/2, and Sundays are double-time pay. Often, these positions also come with annual uniform allowances, continuing education reimbursement, and periodic performance reviews coupled with a raise.

Nevertheless, those who haven't been so lucky to land one of these well paid jobs yet should not give up and neglect their skills. Maintaining your medical assistant certification and continuing your education, as well as keeping an up-to-date resume on file, just in case, is a sure way to keep the possibilities and doors open.

In the meantime, realize that another avenue is teaching! Teaching a medical assisting course, such as medical terminology, anatomy and physiology, or clinical skills at a local community college can be a good side job for extra income.

Just about every community college and local career training institutions hire medical assistants to teach the MA program to their students. Medical assistant instructors must be certified, have at least three years of experience in the field, and of course, be outgoing, and able to teach. They also need administrative and secretarial staff, as well as career guidance counselors and mentors.

Some use their talents tutoring medical assistant students over the Internet, while others illustrate medical books, write articles, and edit chapters for some of the largest textbook publishers.

So, if you asked me, and thousands other seasoned medical assistants, they will tell you that it sounds like a great career to be in.

To learn more about educational requirements, and practical tips for handling emergencies, and proper documentation visit Medical Assistant Net on the Web. There is lots of additional "scope of practice for medical assistants" info at that web site.


C & E said...

Hi Danni,

I have to say I am really impressed with your site. I aslo agree that there are so many great opportunity's for Medical Assistants once they graduate. They can also teach fellow Ma's after a couple of years experience in the field.

After working in the field as a Medical Assistant for 10 years, and teaching MA's for over five years. I decided to branch off and start my own business! After seeing that the students were not retaining Medical Terminology, and were having a hard time Acing the AAMA exam. I created a couple of great supplemental programd geared toward the Medical Assistant or an Allied Health care student.

So I wanted to share my positive news with you . Please feel free to visit our website at or call me toll free at 1-866-675-7989. for more information. Please let your readers know that I also offer a FREE no obligation in service at their campus. It is alot of fun and very informative.

Best wishes for your website. It's awesome!


Christina Nichols CMA
Director of Program Development

Jack said...

Ok, this is about medical assistant. What about medical coding, billing and transcription services? What are the starting salaries in above mentioned professions and which will be the best option?

Jack said...

As per some research, I think medical coding ranks above all then medical billing and the last one is medical transcription. May I get some feedback....

superatonps said...

I agree, its a great site but that said, there is a major problem in the expectation of this field. The truth is that majority of people coming out of school with Medical assistant has to realize that must likely you will be paid very little. There is the exception, but a very small exception. 40K, lets be serious, the most you will be making in 5 yr run will probably be 28-30k. Lets be real, before you go and get in debt over a career that has its limits consider going further, perhaps a nurse.