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Medical Assisting Careers

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​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.

What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

Clinical skills include:
  • taking and recording vital signs
  • administering injections and other medications
  • drawing blood
  • collecting and processing specimens
  • preparing patients for examination or in-office procedures
  • patient teaching
  • setting up office procedures
  • documenting information in patients’ medical records
Administrative skills include:
  • insurance coding and processing
  • collections
  • appointment scheduling
  • filing
  • creating medical records
  • receiving patients
Where do they find work?
  • doctors’ offices
  • hospitals
  • nursing homes
  • emergency clinics
  • outpatient care facilities

Medical Assisting at a Glance

Looking for a quick overview of the Medical Assisting program? Take a look at Medical Assisting at a Glance for a short summary of what a medical assistant does.

Salaries and Projected Job Growth

According to America’s Career Infonet job statistics, Texas salaries and job growth are:
Job Hourly Rate Annual Salary Projected Growth Through 2022
Medical assistants $13.20 $27,500 +32%
Statistics are included only as guidelines and will vary with fluctuations in the economy and job market. More specific local hiring and salary information can be found at information sessions.