There are a lot of advantages to choosing this healthcare profession
Have you considered medical assisting as a profession? If so, it’s good to get your facts straight. Here at the Salter School, our training program provides a foundation of knowledge and skill that can help position you for a satisfying career as a healthcare professional with many potential paths. But you should know all you can before you make your decision, so here are some basic facts about medical assistants to help you.
More than just a job
This training can lead to a meaningful career. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Handbook, “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” Who knows—if you become a medical assistant, you could enjoy the work so much that you remain in the field for your entire career.
The option to choose a specialty
Medical assisting offers a lot of options. In this job you can work with many different kinds of doctors and medical practices. Are you interested in pediatrics? Podiatry? Ophthalmology? Depending on what practices are in your area, there may be various job opportunities for you to specialize.
A leadership role
As a medical assistant, you have a lot of control over what happens in a doctor’s office—from the time the patient leaves the waiting room until they see the doctor. You are the key connection between the receptionist in the front office and the nurses and doctors, and play a vital role in communicating and transferring patients efficiently. If you work in a small office, you may even handle many of the front office duties as well, including scheduling patient appointments.
You can make changes during your career
Maybe you will have an externship in one kind of healthcare environment, but then would like to choose something different later on. You can choose an office that is larger or smaller, or that focuses on a different specialty. In the future you may decide to pursue work as a nurse, a physician assistant, or even a radiologist. You also have the option to teach in a medical assisting program like the one at the Salter School. Even if you decide to stay at the same practice for many years, you could pursue other positions, such as an office manager. This training can open doors to a range of choices down the road.
Physicians can train you for specific duties.
Since medical assistants work directly under medical doctors, once you work at a practice, the doctor can teach you to can perform any number of duties. So for example, you might do more than prepare patients and take their vital sigs. A doctor could also teach you to handle additional duties—even ones you may not have trained in at school—such as removing stitches or taking ECGs.
Always something new to learn
Even if you stay in one position for a long period of time, there are always new things to learn in the changing world of healthcare! So you won’t get bored if you’re focused on learning and adapting to new information, technology, and other innovations that will be coming your way all the time.
You can find meaning at work
Helping people is a big part of this profession, and if you have a compassionate, nurturing nature, then you’re likely to find satisfaction in work that can help to make people’s lives better.
We hope this overview of the medical assisting field has been helpful. It can pay off to investigate programs in your area and find out what each of them has to offer. We wish you the best of luck in all of your pursuits!
This article is part of the weekly blog of the Salter School. We offer several different professional training programs at our campuses in Malden and Fall River, MA. Reach out to us today for more information or to schedule a campus tour!