Medical Assistant

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Job Outlook through 2026

Employment Current: 26,930
Employment Projected: 32,810
Percentage Change: 21.8%

Education/Training

Vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Sample Job Titles

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Chiropractor Assistant
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Doctor's Assistant
  • Medical Assistant (MA)
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Optometric Technician
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

Duties

  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician

Skills

  • Speaking — Talking to others to convey information effectively
  • Active Listening — Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Reading Comprehension — Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
  • Social Perceptiveness — Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do
  • Monitoring — Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action

Average Wages in PA

Entry Level: $25,240
Average: $31,980
Experienced: $35,360