|Quick Facts: Medical Assistants
$38,270 per year
$18.40 per hour
|Postsecondary nondegree award
|14% (Much faster than average)
Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks, such as scheduling appointments and taking patients’ vital signs.
Most medical assistants work full time. They are employed in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other healthcare facilities.
Medical assistants typically need postsecondary education, such as a certificate. Some enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.
The median annual wage for medical assistants was $38,270 in May 2022.
Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 14 percent from 2022 to 2032, much faster than the average for all occupations.
About 114,600 openings for medical assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.
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