For nearly all of us, graduating from school — whether high school, college, or beyond — means graduating to a full-time job.
The goal is to find a job we enjoy and find personally fulfilling.
Being a medical assistant checks both of those boxes for many thousands of professionals every year. One reason is likely the competitive pay the role offers.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics puts medical assistant pay per year at $33,610. That’s the median pay, which means half of the medical assistants earned more than that while half earned less.
Additional Medical Assistant Pay Information
A closer look at the data shows:
- The highest 10 percent earned more than $47,250
- The lowest 10 percent earned less than $24,790
Some of the top healthcare fields for medical assistants (and their median annual pay) include:
- Outpatient care centers ($35,600)
- State, local, and private hospitals ($34,980)
- Physicians offices ($33,650)
Such median pay tops those for legislators (at $20,500) and adjunct professors ($30,000), among others.
Strong Job Prospects for Medical Assistants
The job prospects for medical assistants are strong. (You can learn more about that here.) Additional training and certifications, available at Phlebotomy Career Training (online or in-person), will have even stronger prospects.
As a medical assistant, you’ll be in good company. There are more than 630,000 medical assistant jobs. It’s a large number, but medical assistants remain in high demand. Reasons for that high demand:
- The country’s aging population
- Issues such as the obesity epidemic
Physicians offices employ more than half (57%) of all medical assistants. Hospitals (whether state, local, or private) employ 15%. Most of those positions are full time. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) defines a full-time employee as one who, for a calendar month, worked on average at least 30 hours of service per week or 130 hours of service per month.
Since healthcare needs 24/7 support, medical assistants have access to a wide variety of hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. That’s a boon to people looking for flexible or varied work schedules.
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Are you interested in becoming a medical assistant? Already working as one but wish for additional training? Wherever you are in your professional life, Phlebotomy Career Training can help you reach your next destination in healthcare. Check out our course selection today: online courses | in-person courses). Have questions? Reach out to us; we’ll be happy to help!