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Published On: Wed, May 21st, 2014

What a Career in Medical Assisting Can Do For You

When most people think about careers in the health care industry, they immediately think of doctors and nurses. However, one very important, yet often overlooked career in the health care industry is that of medical assistants. Medical assistants can be thought of as the backbone of the health care industry. They are often the doctors’ wing man because they take care of much of the behind the scenes needs of patients in hospitals and clinics. They are generally responsible for assisting with paperwork, checking vital signs, drawing blood, and making patients feel welcome. There are a variety of benefits that come with starting a career as a medical assistant, including the following:

screenshot of video China health care workers

screenshot of video China health care workers

1 – Job Stability

The health care industry is one of the fastest growing industries of our time, and it is expected to continue to grow as our country’s elderly population booms. Because there will always be a need for health care, there will always be a need for medical assistants. Depending on location, most medical assistants find that it is not too difficult to find a job once they graduate from a medical assistant program. The same cannot be said of many other career fields. Medical assistants can count on having a solid and stable career throughout their working life.

2 – Great Benefits

In most cases, a career in medical assisting offers excellent benefits. If you work for a hospital or clinic, you are usually guaranteed a good medical and dental insurance plan. You may also be eligible for some paid vacations and more sick leave than almost any other job, since it is important for you to be healthy while you are working around patients. Because of this, your sick leave is likely to be more lenient than it would be in other careers outside the health care industry. You may also be able to qualify for a retirement plan if you work for a company for an extended period of time.

3 – Continuous Learning

As a medical assistant, you can count on continuously learning new things throughout your career. Not only must you attend a medical assistant program before you can work as a medical assistant, but in many cases you must attend continuing education classes throughout your career so that you can stay up to date on the latest medical technology and techniques. You are likely to come across new medical situations every day, which will enhance your continuous learning experience.

4 – Service to Others

One of the greatest benefits of becoming a medical assistant is that you get to serve others for a living. The altruistic nature of the position places you in the position to help patients cope with physical, emotional, and psychological hardships. As you learn about each patient’s unique situation, you are able to offer advice and a helping hand. Channeling all of your efforts towards improving the health of others is one of the noblest things you could do for a living. You can go home at the end of every day knowing that you helped change someone else’s life for the better.

By: Jimmy Simond

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