Medical Assistants 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 a physician.
Medical Assistants are in demand. Medical assisting is expected to grow by 29% from 2012 - 2022 - much faster than the average for all healthcare occupations according to the United States Department of Labor due to:
- Expected increase in the number of physician offices and outpatient care facilities
- Advancements in technology
- Increasing number of elderly patients who need medical treatment