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Should you Consider Administrative Medical Assisting?

Posted by Chad Sines on Mon, Nov 19, 2012 @ 10:43 AM

AMAAre you looking for career without the burdensome requirements of college? Do you need a stable career that will help you support your family? If you are looking for more than a job, and want a career in which you can learn and grow, administrative medical assisting may be for you.

What does an administrative medical assistant do?

Administrative medical assistants work in healthcare settings serving as a liaison between patients, healthcare professionals and insurance companies, completing paperwork, scheduling appointments and maintaining the healthcare office. If you are organized, a "people person" and have the ambition to succeed in a fast-paced environment, medical assisting will be a great career for you.

No two days in your medical assisting career will be alike. One day you may spend a lot of time coordinating patient care, while the next you may take inventory of office supplies. Unlike general administrative assistants, as an administrative medical assistant, you will learn medical terminology and healthcare practices  to succeed in your career.

Benefits of Medical Assisting

Medical assisting is a flourishing career that requires a small investment with great rewards over the long term. While some people may spend years attending college only to graduate without a career, medical assisting is a profession on the rise.

The United States Bureau of Labor predicts more than 30% growth in the medical assisting profession through at least the year 2020. This amount of growth is considered significantly more than the average growth rate in other fields. Though the economy may falter, as a  medical assistant you have security in knowing that as long the medical profession is around, you will have a career.

As an administrative medical assistant you have flexibility in choosing your ideal work environment. Medical assistants are necessary in a variety of specialties from podiatry to occupational therapy offices. Furthermore, you can decide if you want to work in a hospital or private practice setting. Whether you prefer a large or small medical practice, administrative medical assistants will have plenty of work environments to choose from.

Rewarding Career, Small Investment

With definite job security and stability, your medical assistant career will flourish with a small investment. Today, it is not uncommon for college students to attend college for four years while accumulating hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt. Should you choose to attend an administrative medical assistant program, your investment will be much more realistic and reasonable.

Medical assistants make an average salary over $28,000 annually, which works out to more than $13 hourly. Administrative medical assistants make on average $5 more than minimum wage in some areas. In addition, most administrative medical assistants earn generous health benefits and pension plans.

Pursue Other Options While Training

Whether your long term goal is to attend college or ultimately pursue a career in the medical profession, a career in administrative medical assisting can help you get there. Instead of accruing student loan debt, work your way through school while having a career in administrative medical assisting. If you want to become a healthcare professional, it's even more reason for you to consider medial assisting to gain experience in the field of healthcare.

If you are considering administrative medical assisting, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you organized?
  • Are you a people person?
  • Do you want a career?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then a career in administrative medical assisting is a wonderful start. Whether you want to support your family or support yourself through school, a career in medical assisting will provide the income and skill set that you need to get there.

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Topics: Administrative Medical Assisting