Considering a Career as a Medical Assistant?

Are you tired of your dead-end job and ready to find a career?  Have you considered a career in health care?  Demand for trained medical workers is always high, making jobs plentiful.  With more and more vocational colleges opening throughout the United States it has never been easier to find quality Medical Assistant Training in or near your community.

Why Choose Medical Assisting?

With so many choices available when it comes to health care careers, it can be difficult to decide which one is best for you.  Here are a couple of reasons to consider Medical Assisting:

  • Job Outlook – Onet Online estimates that job growth for Medical Assistants will be 29% over the ten year period 2010-2020.
  • Wages – The United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the median wage for Medical Assistants in the U.S. was $29,370 as of May 2012.

What to Look for at Medical Assistant Schools

When you are searching for schools, it is important to closely evaluate the following factors:

  • Accreditation
  • Method of Training
  • Quality of Staff
  • Practical Training
  • Internships
  • Job Placement

Some schools will lack in some of these areas, but it is important to find a school that most closely matches your individual needs.

Certification

Although certification is not a requirement for most Medical Assisting jobs, it has become more and more common for employers to seek candidates that have completed their certification.  To become a CMA (Certified Medical Assistant) you will need to pass the exam given by the American Association of Medical Assistants.  The AAMA is the primary governing body for the field of medical assisting.  Once you have received your certification, you are only required to re-certify every five years. For more detailed information about taking the exam and the general requirements to be eligible for it, please visit the American Association of Medical Assistants.

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