7 Reasons Men Should Become Medical Assistants
Healthcare depends on medical assistants. Hospitals, care centers, physician’s offices, and more depend on MAs to perform clinical and administrative tasks. Like nursing, though, medical assisting is a field that’s generally been dominated by women. But that doesn’t mean it should be limited to only one gender. Here are seven reasons why men should consider a career as an MA.
1. Medical assisting is a growing field
The current estimates from the Bureau of Labor Statistics predict 23 percent growth between 2014 and 2024, and the BLS notes that the job growth for medical assisting is “much faster than average.” That growth comes from demand. A large, aging baby boomer population is spurring a need for healthcare, and healthcare doesn’t happen without medical assistants. More men will have to join the field if we’re going to have enough professionals to adequately meet that demand.
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2. You can work nearly anywhere
Nearly every type of healthcare facility, from the largest hospital to the smallest office, requires the services of medical assistants. That means MAs have options when looking for a job. If you’ve ever wanted to work for the U.S. military, an optometrist, a dentist, or in home health care, you can do so as an MA.
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3. Working in healthcare gives you more than a paycheck
Being a part of a healthcare system gives you more than just a job. Caring for patients is also a great source of personal pride. Medical assisting is an accessible way for everyone (men and women alike) to enter a field where they know they’ll make a real difference in the lives of patients.
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4. Guys will like you
Receiving healthcare can be stressful. Any healthcare veteran can tell you about patients who have been on edge, scared, or anxious about their treatment, even if it’s fairly minor. Part of being a healthcare professional is helping to alleviate the stress or anxiety that patients might be experiencing. Some men might feel more comfortable in moments of stress or vulnerability with members of their own gender, even if it’s on the phone or filling out a form.
5. Becoming an MA is fast
Becoming a medical assistant is one of the fastest ways to join the world of healthcare. Ameritech students can graduate in as few as 12 months, broken up over three semesters. If you’re eager to become a professional and get a job quickly, medical assisting could be a great move, for men as well as women.
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6. You’ll gain great experience
Some medical assistants are content to greet patients, perform lab work, and do administrative tasks for the duration of their careers. And that’s great! Others, however, use it as a springboard to additional medical education or more professional development. As a medical assistant, you gain people skills, administrative skills, and an introduction into the world of healthcare. If you ever decide to go into another area of healthcare, you’ll do so from a solid foundation.
7. Anyone can be a healthcare worker
The imbalance of women and men in medical assisting isn’t due to any inherent biological reason or because women are better healthcare providers. It’s because of culture, and culture can change. By joining the medical assisting field, men can help change that culture and ensure this necessary and in-demand area of healthcare is open to all.