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Why Should You Consider a Career as a Medical Assistant?

The healthcare field offers a wide variety of career opportunities, and they all enable people to make a difference. Medical assistants are a great example; they undertake a multitude of administrative and clinical jobs. Have you considered a career in this field? There are several reasons why you should.

Job growth

It can be very disheartening and discouraging to go through training and certification for a new job – and find that it leads nowhere because there are no jobs available in that field. That’s not the case for medical assistants; they’re in demand, partly because the population is aging, and people are needed to care for them.

That job growth is expected to continue: medical assistant jobs are projected to increase by 23 percent through 2024. It’s a fact of life that people have healthcare needs, and medical assistants are an important part of the teams that work to provide care.

Quick training/certification

The medical assisting field combines the clinical and administrative worlds in healthcare, making medical assistants both extremely valuable and versatile to their employers. Educational programs for this field may be quicker than aspiring medical assistants expect them to be. They can even gain some experience through an internship or similar placement so they are more prepared for the job market.

After completing the educational program, aspiring medical assistants can take an exam to achieve certification through the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA). This credential indicates that the individual has been educated and tested in a wide scope of general, clinical, and administrative responsibilities.

Variety of workplace settings

Medical assistants can work in a variety of settings; however, medical clinics are by and large the most common employers of medical assistants. Medical care takes place in many different settings, though, and medical assistants may be employed in any or all of them. As a result, some medical assistants work in physician’s offices, hospitals, offices of other health practitioners, and outpatient care centers.

Consistent schedule or varying times/days

Fortunately, the variety of workplace settings means that there’s also a variety of options when it comes to hours. It depends on the facility: medical assistants who work in facilities with set hours will have similarly limited schedules. On the other hand, some work evenings, weekends, or holidays to cover shifts in medical facilities that are always open.

Planning ahead

At 365 Healthcare Staffing Services, we specialize in the recruitment and placement of healthcare professionals in per diem, travel, and permanent assignments in healthcare facilities across the country. If you decide this field is for you, we’ll be here to help you find your perfect assignment. Give us a call at 310.436.3650 when you’re ready; we would love to work with you!