Despite the current economy, the medical field is continuing to grow and advance with each passing day. Due to the recent changes made in the healthcare system, more people are starting to sign up to receive treatment and health insurance, while the demand for medical assistants continues to increase. If you are thinking about pursuing a job as medical assistant and you have already completed your training, here are a few methods you can use to kick-start your career.
The Duties of a Medical Assistant
Depending on the size of the hospital or practice, the daily responsibilities of a medical assistant can include running basic lab tests, checking a patient’s vital signs, taking blood samples, administering injections and medication, or preparing patients for x-rays.
Researching Local Positions
If you are an aspiring medical assistant who is looking for job openings, try taking a look at these industry-specific websites to see nationwide openings:
Looking at the websites of clinics, private doctor offices, and hospitals is one of the best ways to find an opening for a medical assistant in your community. If there are any local positions available, then these websites will be your best bet in finding them.
Any of the major employment sites will be good sources for job openings as most have sections specifically for medical postings. These websites allow you to set up an account and receive updated postings via e-mail.
Look at Various Publications
Yet another way to search for available medical assistant positions include looking at various publications such as the Medical Group Management Association, the American Medical Association (JAMA), and the CHEST Journal for American College of Chest Physicians.
Factors to Consider
If you are looking to apply to one of the higher paying positions in the field, try looking for opportunities in the Mid-Atlantic or Pacific region of the country. With the upper end of the pay scale offered by hospitals and specialized care facilities, and the lower end offered by private doctor offices, the salary range for medical assistants is roughly $12 an hour to $18 an hour. If you want to increase your earnings, you might want to consider pursuing additional training.
As there are vast areas to choose from in the field of medicine, most academics will recommend that you start in an area that you have great interest in. If you are looking to grow in your career, you are able to increase your expertise by focusing on an area of specialization. If you are still unsure of which path you would like to go down, one option is to become a medical assistant in a setting that lets you experience the many facets of the industry.
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