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#9 Medical Assistants

Medical assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners running smoothly. In small practices, they usually do many different kinds of tasks, handling both administrative and clinical duties and reporting directly to an office manager, physician, or other health practitioner. Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area, under the supervision of department administrators.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 163,900

    Projected Growth: 34+%

    Median Wage: $28,300

Job prospects should be excellent, and employment is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–18 decade.

About 62 percent of medical assistants work in offices of physicians. Some medical assistants are trained on the job, but many complete 1- or 2-year programs. Almost all medical assistants have at least a high school diploma, although there are no formal education or training requirements.

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