Medical Assistant is a rewarding career which involves assisting in the reception, examination and treatment of patients.
The rapidly increasing demand for Certified Medical Assistant CMAs (AAMA) is evidenced by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics’ projection that medical assisting will be one of the fastest growing professions through the year 2014.
As a medical assistant you will schedule appointments, maintain medical records, perform various lab procedures, EKGs, injections and sterilizing equipment. Medical assistants responds to patient telephone inquiries and make decisions as to the proper disposition or referral of patients. They make sure the patient’s medical records are available to the physician, take and records patients’ blood pressure, temperature, pulse, respiration, height, weight, and other data (such as name, address, age, and medical history) on appropriate medical
Medical assistants’ salary range is an average of $20,000 to $36,240 per year nationally based on surveys. The middle 50 percent earned between $20,650 and $28,930. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $18,010, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $34,650.
The best advice that can be given to a recent medical assistant graduate is to get your National Certifications as a medical assistants. A greater number of employers are preferring (or even insisting) that their medical assistants be CMAs (AAMA).
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