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Medical Assistants

Job Information

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.


  • Employment is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–18 decade.
  • Job prospects should be excellent.
  • About 62 percent of medical assistants work in offices of physicians.
  • Some medical assistants are trained on the job, but many complete 1-year or 2-year programs.


Personality I like helping others
Salary $29,100/yr ($14.55/hr)
Job Outlook Bright
Education High School diploma