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Medical Assisting Careers

photo of a student learning skillsAccording to America’s Career Infonet, job openings for medical assistants (MAs) in Texas are expected to grow by a whopping 54 percent — more than almost any other job category — through the year 2016, significantly higher than the expected national growth rate of 35 percent. MAs can expect to make a median salary of $12.66 an hour, or $26,300 annually.

Medical assistants have great variety in their jobs and are cross-trained to perform numerous administrative and clinical duties. They perform many of these duties under the direction of a physician.

Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing and coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood and administering medications.

Besides working in physicians’ offices, medical assistants can work in hospitals as unit secretaries or patient care technicians, in nursing homes and in emergency clinics.

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook’s listing for medical assistants details the nature of the work, working conditions, employment, advancement, salaries and related occupations.