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What Does a Medical Assistant Do?

And is it the career for me?

Due to the growth of the aging Baby Boomer population, jobs in medical assisting are projected to grow 29% by 2026, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics.

But what does a medical assistant do? As a medical assistant, you can work in a number of locations across the country completing both administrative and clinical tasks. Medical assisting jobs are rewarding, fulfilling, and full of positive opportunities.

Do you think a career in medical assisting is right for you? Here are a few areas to consider in working in the field.

A Friendly Face for Patients

Regardless of the size of the clinic, care center, or hospital, medical assistants play an essential role in helping patients get the treatments they need. A medical assistant is often the first person a patient interacts with; therefore, he/she should be communicative, organized, personable and knowledgeable in order to help and administer the proper care needed.

Greeting patients, scheduling appointments, and completing medical records and billing are a few of the administrative tasks typically found on many medical assistant job descriptions. All of these skills are taught in our medical assistant program, and can be utilized during externships that our Career Services department can help connect you with.

Working Hands-On with Patients

Medical assistants may also choose to focus their careers on clinical aspects of patient care. Medical assistants master hands-on skills like evaluating vital signs, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and assisting with minor surgeries - to name a few.

Another clinical duty for medical assistants is performing basic lab procedures, such as sterilizing medical equipment or preparing and administering medications and vaccinations.

Where You Might Work

Medical assistants can begin their careers working in a number of locations ranging from small physicians' practices or pharmaceutical companies to large-scale hospitals. Many medical assistants work in both the primary care and preventive health care fields.

If a fulfilling and rewarding career in this field seems like a good fit for you, you can enroll in the Medical Assistant program at one of our YTI Career Institute campuses and start a new career in as little as 21 months.

Winter Term classes begin on January 25 at YTI Career Institute. For more information on how you can enroll, visit YTI.edu or call 1-800-795-0971.

Program lengths vary. Not all programs available at all locations. Job placement not guaranteed. Financial aid is available to students who qualify.