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Medical Assistants

Also called: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Chiropractor Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Medical Assistant (MA)

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What they do:
Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.
On the job, you would:
  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.

Knowledge

Business
  • customer service
  • administrative services
Health
  • medicine and dentistry
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dependability
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Self Control
  • Stress Tolerance

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Patient management software
  • Visual electro diagnostic software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Exchange
Accounting software
  • Billing software
  • Bookkeeping software

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
some college or
associate's degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$29,370
per year, on average
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