Certified Medical Assistant

Medical assistants perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, offices of physicians, and other health care facilities. Most medical assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other health care facilities.

Most medical assistants have postsecondary education such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.

Pay & Position Type

  • Entry-Level
  • The median annual wage for medical assistants was $37,190 in May 2021.
  • The median hourly wage in the District of Columbia is $17.88.

Job Outlook

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 18 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 104,400 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.

My passion and drive are in the health area. I’ve always dreamed of making a difference and bringing change to people’s lives, especially to those who aren’t as privileged. My goal is to help people take the necessary initiative to better care for themselves and access the care they need.