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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting is expected to be the sixth fastest growing occupation through the year 2008. Rapid job growth in the near future is predicted in this occupation due to the growing health and medical fields. If you have superior people skills, an attention to detail, and a sense of compassion for helping the ill, a degree in medical assisting could result in a rewarding career path.

Medical assistants usually find work in the offices of practicing healthcare professionals. You could learn to assist physicians and health care personnel in both the clinical side and the administrative side. The clinical duties include performing sterilizing and setting up equipment, preparing patients for examination, and performing a variety of patient tests. Administrative duties include answering the phone, filing medical records, scheduling, handling correspondence, and some billing.

To attain a medical assisting degree, you would have to undergo a two-year course. Coursework includes many opportunities for hands-on training where you will work in a medical facility doing administrative and patient contact tasks required of the job. You can also broaden your job prospects by taking a certified medical assistant examination or a registered medical assistant examination.

Such programs will teach you how to work as part of a team in a doctor's office, a hospital, clinic, or nursing home, and can enhance your training and skill. You could then jumpstart a career that is challenging and rewarding, with opportunities for advancement

Publish date: February 10, 2011