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Becoming a Medical Assistant

Becoming a Medical Assistant can be a rewarding career choice. But it can also serve as a stepping stone to other medical career options as well.

With the vast number of medical positions open in the field, it can be hard to determine exactly where you want to start. Do you want to become a doctor? Perhaps you want to run a general practice or become a specialist. While the number of choices can seem bewildering, there is one option that makes it all a bit easier. Many people choose to start out as a Medical Assistant, as this provides them with education and experience on which to base future career choices.

Medical Assistant jobs abound

Medical Assistants provide vital aid to professionals in all areas of medicine. You’ll find them working in hospitals, in private practices, with chiropractors, with psychiatrists, pediatricians and everywhere else in the field. The reason for this is that Medical Assistants provide a considerable amount of help for these professionals and make sure the office runs as smoothly as possible.

As such, you can expect to find many and varied job duties, though these will change considerably with each location. For instance, if you choose to work in a private practice, you might find yourself responsible for administrative duties, as well as filing patient charts and updating information. You might also find yourself assisting with exams, tests, prepping patients, explaining procedures to patients and more.

Steps to becoming a Medical Assistant

You’ll need to start planning your career as early as possible. High schools offer several classes that lay a strong foundation for Medical Assistants, such as health, chemistry, biology and advanced subjects such as anatomy. Taking these classes during your high school years can help ensure that your career is as rewarding as possible.

While some medical offices do not require anything other than a high school diploma, many offices do require some secondary education. You can attend a technical or junior college, or a Medical Assistant school, to attain a diploma or an associate’s degree that will open doors for you. Remember, the higher your education, the higher your pay will be and the more opportunities you will have.

Other resources

You can learn more about becoming a Medical Assistant with the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
You’ll also find the PremedGuide.com offers information about Medical Assistants.
Finally, visit the AAMA, or American Association of Medical Assistants, to learn more about Medical Assistant jobs.

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