The duties of medical assistants vary depending on the location and size of the practice and the practitioner’s specialty.
In small practices, medical assistants usually handle both administrative and clinical duties and report directly to an office manager or physician.
Those in large practices tend to specialize in a particular area under the supervision of department administrators.
Common responsibilities include:
- Administrative duties such as answering phones and filing
- Assisting the physician with sterilization and organization
- Scheduling and confirming patient appointments
- Filling out insurance forms
- Arranging for hospital admissions and laboratory services
Formal training in medical assisting, while generally preferred, is not always required. Job prospects in the field, as with most medical jobs, are expected to increase in the next decade. Medical assistants earn between $18,000 and $36,000 per year based on education and experience.
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor