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Current Need for Certified Medical Assistants is Extremely High

Posted On Mar 10, 2021

If you’re interested in entering the medical field but are unable to spend several years in college, consider becoming a medical assistant. The demand for this exciting, fast-paced career is expected to increase exponentially, especially as the Baby Boomer generation continues to age. Plus, the training won’t take several years to complete, making it an excellent choice for those seeking a rewarding career that doesn’t require a lot of time or financial resources to achieve.

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It’s important to check the outlook of any career you are interested in pursuing and fortunately, the job outlook for a medical assistant is very positive. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of medical assistants is projected to increase by 29 percent by 2026. This faster than average growth rate demonstrates a great need for trained medical assistants now and in the future. Choosing an allied health career is stable with no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Short Training Program

One of the biggest advantages of becoming a medical assistant is training programs are relatively short when compared to other careers in the healthcare field. Many medical assistant programs can be completed in one year or less, which is optimal for students who need to enter the workforce quickly.

Great Pay and Benefits

For a career that doesn’t require a four-year degree, the pay and benefits are quite impressive. You can earn a living wage after becoming a medical assistant, with the average base salary being around $15.64 per hour, in addition to many other possible benefits including paid time off, a flexible spending account, medical, dental, and vision insurance and more.

Ability to Earn Certification

While certification isn’t required in some states for employment, most employers-no matter where you live-prefer to hire only certified medical assistants. Certification can increase your marketability as well as provide higher pay, more job stability, better choice in shifts, greater opportunities for advancement, and much more. Students who wish to take the CMA exam must graduate from a medical assistant program that is accredited by either The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) or The Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). 

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Predictable Schedule

For many healthcare workers, it simply isn’t possible to enjoy the same time off as their family and friends. They grow accustomed to working nights, holidays, and weekends. However, for students with young families hoping to maintain a predictable schedule after graduation, becoming a medical assistant is an excellent choice. Many medical assistants work in private clinics that are only open standard business hours which is perfect for parents who would rather not get called into work during the night, or in the middle of their child’s soccer game.

Opportunities for Advancement

There are plenty of opportunities for advancement after becoming a medical assistant. Medical assistants are unique as they’re trained to perform a wide variety of both administrative and clinical duties, giving them an impressive resume full of skills.

What Are You Waiting For?

If you’ve been searching for an easy-entry job with multiple career opportunities and minimal training, medical assisting is the perfect solution. The demand for qualified certified medical assistants is extremely high, so what are you waiting for? The sooner you get started with your training, the closer you’ll be to an exciting and fulfilling career you can be proud of. For more information about our accredited medical assisting program and flexible class schedules, contact Athena Career Academy.

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