Explore a New Career in Allied Health in the New Year
When you turned over the calendar on New Year’s Day, did you look forward to another year in your current job? Or are you feeling trapped in a dead-end job? If your career seems to be stalled, and you are concerned that you do not have marketable job skills, it may be time for a change.
One popular job training choice for people who are looking for a new career is that of a Medical Assistant. Medical assisting is part of the allied health field and offers job opportunities where you have valued and important job responsibilities every day.
What does a medical assistant do?
Medical assistants are healthcare professionals who assist physicians and other team members with important responsibilities. Some of their tasks may include:
- Scheduling appointments
- Preparing exam rooms and equipment
- Greeting patients
- Recording patients’ height, weight, and vital signs
- Assisting with blood draws and other specimens
- Assisting with minor procedures as needed
- Handling medical coding, billing, and other paperwork
- Updating electronic health records
According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook, the job outlook for medical assistants is positive. The handbook says, “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” This positive projection is one reason you may want to consider this field.
Medical assistants are very important to the medical field, because they take care of vital office management functions and important patient services. Their work helps keep medical offices and hospitals running smoothly. Knowing that you are an important part of the healthcare system can be a rewarding part of this career field.
How long does it take to become a medical assistant?
Becoming a medical assistant could truly be within your reach. Most training programs take about one year to complete. To enroll, most medical assistant schools require you to have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and to complete a variety of admissions materials.
As with any training program, you need to be willing to work hard, attend all your classes, do your homework, and pass your exams. You will need to stay focused as you work on areas such as:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Medical terminology
- Clinical procedures
- Billing, insurance, and coding
Medical assistants can work in hospitals, doctors’ offices, nursing homes, surgical centers, urgent care centers, specialists’ offices, and other facilities. Medical assistants’ skills are versatile, and you will be qualified to pursue a variety of different potential career opportunities.
The Salter School, with locations in Fall River, Tewksbury, and Malden, Massachusetts, offers a Medical Assistant training program that can be completed in about one year’s time. For more information on how you can enroll, fill out our simple online form. Just think…next time you turn over a new calendar year, you could be starting a new career!