The Occupational Outlook Handbook, published by the United States Department of Labor, has forecast that employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.
Medical Assistants perform administrative and clinical tasks to support physicians, registered nurses and other health care professionals in medical offices, clinics, hospitals and other health care facilities.
Medical Assistants routinely perform a variety of important tasks, including:
- Scheduling patient appointments.
- Measuring patients' vital signs.
- Administering medications and injections.
- Maintaining and recording patient medical information.
- Preparing and handling medical instruments and supplies.
- Collecting and preparing specimens for laboratory testing.
- Other important health care tasks.
The Medical Assistant program at Nevada Career Institute provides students with the healthcare knowledge and training required to begin working in a health care or medical office, including medical clinics, doctors' offices, HMOs, rehabilitation centers, hospitals and other health care facilities.
Nevada Career Institute cannot guarantee employment.
*Source: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm. For the latest national information, please visit U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.