Why Should I Become a Medical Assistant?
If you’re considering a career in healthcare, we invite you to think about becoming a medical assistant. These professionals form the foundation of healthcare in nearly all settings, and essential work could not happen without them.
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Healthcare is the job of the future
Our industry is huge. Healthcare employs millions of people in the United States, and it’s just going to expand even more as the population ages. Medical assistants perform much of what makes healthcare actually work on a day-to-day basis. The person who checks in patients and takes their information? That’s usually a medical assistant. The worker who records and sorts test results? A medical assistant. The worker who orients patients and often gives them their first impression of a healthcare facility? A medical assistant. Medical coding? Again, that’s a medical assistant’s job.
As the public demands more and more in the way of healthcare, the need for medical assistants will rise. And, that demand is one that’s more or less future-proof. Automation continues to disrupt an array of industries, but healthcare will always need the human touch.
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It’s a fast way to break into healthcare
Becoming a medical assistant is one of the fastest ways, if not the fastest way, to break into healthcare. Ameritech’s program lasts for 45 weeks, broken up over three semesters. In less than a single year you’ll go from someone taking their first steps into a new industry to a professional beginning their first job. You can’t really say that about any other healthcare job. Unlike, say, nurses, MAs get to hit the ground running.
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Medical assistants are needed everywhere
Healthcare is growing all over the United States, and that means medical assistants can work in a variety of locations. You’ll have the opportunity to work in urban hospitals, rural clinics, schools, senior centers, or a variety of other types of workplaces and settings.
You’ll also have the opportunity to pursue a variety of specializations, both technical or administrative. MAs who specialize in medical coding provide a valuable service to the industry, and MDs and RNs will definitely be appreciative of the MA who knows exactly how a specific, specialized type of machine actually works. And, if you ever do want to go back to school to become an RN, you’ll have a leg up on the other students. Your real-world experience will provide a solid foundation if you want to pursue another profession in healthcare.