Medical Assistant

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Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

Medical assistants typically do the following:

  • Take patient history and measure vital signs
  • Help the physician with patient examinations
  • Give patient injections as directed by the physician
  • Schedule patient appointments
  • Prepare blood for laboratory tests

Electronic health records (EHRs) are changing medical assistants’ jobs. More and more physicians are adopting EHRs, moving all their patient information online. Assistants need to learn the EHR software that their office uses.

Medical assistants take and record patients’ personal information. They must be able to keep that information confidential and discuss it only with other medical personnel who are involved in treating the patient.

Medical assistants should not be confused with physician assistants, who examine, diagnose, and treat patients under a physician’s supervision.

Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data is specific to New Hampshire State.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
1,491
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
1,807
Jobs Percentage Change: 
21.2%
Total Annual Openings: 
55
Growth Outlook: 
Very Favorable
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$13.10
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$15.67
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$16.96
Salary Range: 
$20,000 - $40,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
1 year

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
Time to Complete: 
1 year

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
Time to Complete: 
1 year

Education Levels:

School Type: 
New Hampshire Community College
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Optional
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
No
Major Optional Certifications: 
Certified Medical Assistant with title variations
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Hospital
Private Medical Practice or Private Company
Types of Interaction: 
Direct Patient Interaction
Integrated Team Member
Support Role