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Career Outlook for Medical Administrative Assistants

Apr 08, 2010

If you’re looking for a career that has lots of opportunity for growth, and many job openings in the future, then a career as a medical administrative assistant may be exactly what you need.

As of 2008, there were 483,600 jobs in the United States for medical administrative assistants. These jobs covered a variety of tasks including updating and filing medical records, completing insurance forms, completing hospital admissions, ordering laboratory services, as well as general office administrative duties.

Medical administrative assistants may work in many different types of offices. Approximately 62% of medical administrative assistants work in physicians’ offices, 13% work in hospitals, and 11% work in the offices of various other types of health care providers including optometrists, natural health care physicians, and opticians.

Job opportunities for medical administrative assistants are growing incredibly quickly. Those who receive training now will be set to apply for an increasing variety of jobs in the near future. It is expected that from 2008 through 2018, there will be growth of 34% in this field. Those who receive more training will be in a better position to command a higher salary and more responsibility.

The majority of growth in this field can be attributed to the increase in need for health care services. This need is primarily driven by the aging demographic, as well as the fact that many current medical administrative assistants are reaching retirement age. As the need for increased health services grows so will the need for those who are trained in maintaining the efficiency of a medical office.

From 2008 through 2018, it is expected that 163,900 jobs for medical administrative assistants will be created. With an average annual salary of $28,300 in 2008, medical administrator assistant jobs offer a great balance between salary and schooling requirements. It is recommended that those who want to enter this career apply for medical administrative assistant certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) or the Association of Medical Technologists (AMT), as this will prove to your employer that you are properly trained for the position.

With experience or further training, there are many opportunities for growth within this field. You may want to continue on to teach others how to become a medical administrative assistant, or you may want to pursue another health care career such as nursing. Other medical administrative assistants may go on to become office managers, or may pursue administrative careers outside of the health care industry.

All in all, if you are considering an office job then a medical administrative assistant career is an excellent choice and due to the estimated increase in need for qualified workers in this field. If you are already considering becoming an administrative assistant then you may want to consider switching your focus to a medical administrator assistant career. Jobs for regular administrative assistants are only expected to grow by 11% through 2018, and salary expectations are the same. By focusing on a career as a medical administrative assistant, you’re giving yourself more job opportunities and potential for growth.

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