Employment is projected to grow
much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest
growing occupations over the 2008-18 decade. Job opportunities should be
excellent, particularly for
those with formal training or experience, and certification.
Employment change. Employment of medical
assistants is expected to grow 34 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than
the average for all occupations. As the healthcare industry expands because of
technological advances in medicine and the growth and aging of the population,
there will be an increased need for all healthcare workers. The increasing
prevalence of certain conditions, such as obesity and diabetes, also will
increase demand for healthcare services and medical assistants. Increasing use
of medical assistants to allow doctors to care for more patients will further
stimulate job growth.
Helping to drive job growth is the increasing number of group practices,
clinics, and other healthcare facilities that need a high proportion of support
personnel, particularly medical assistants who can handle both administrative
and clinical duties. In addition, medical assistants work mostly in primary
care, a consistently growing sector of the healthcare industry.
Job prospects. Jobseekers who want to work
as a medical assistant should find excellent job prospects. Medical assistants
are projected to account for a very large number of new jobs, and many other
opportunities will come from the need to replace workers leaving the occupation.
Medical assistants with formal training or experience—particularly those with
certification—should have the best job opportunities, since employers generally
prefer to hire these workers.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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