Medical Assistants

$33.61K Median Salary 94.9K Job Openings (Annual Projection) 29% Job Growth

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About This Career

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.

Reported Job Titles

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Chiropractor Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Doctor's Assistant, Medical Assistant (MA), Medical Office Assistant, Ophthalmic Technician, Optometric Assistant, Optometric Technician, Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

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Technology Skills


Hypodermic needleSpirometers or its accessories or its suppliesNebulizer or accessoriesMercury blood pressure unitsOphthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope setsOphthalmic lensometersEye occludersOpticians tools or accessoriesEye charts or vision cardsAudiometers or accessoriesCanes or cane accessoriesBody plethysmographsGait belts for rehabilitation or therapyMedical gas cylinders or related devicesTuberculin syringesBlood collection needleMedical suction cannulas or tubes or accessoriesCrutches or crutch accessoriesCast cutters or sawsElectronic blood pressure unitsMagnetic stripe readers and encodersMedical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processorsFlexible endoscopes or accessories or related productsMedical radiation films or badgesMedical acoustic stethoscope or accessoryBedside pulmonary function screenersEnema kits or accessoriesEndotracheal tubesBenchtop centrifugesDropping pipettesElectrosurgical or electrocautery equipmentMedical suction or vacuum appliancesAlcohol analysersOphthalmic retinoscopesDictation machinesHearing aids for the physically challengedMedical x ray units for general diagnostic useCombination refractor keratometersPhlebotomy trays or accessoriesLap mayo trays or mayo stands for surgical use or accessoriesWalkers or rollatorsVacuum blood collection tubes or containersOrthopedic splint systemsTranscutaneous electric nerve stimulation unitsChemistry analyzersMedical staple or clip removersNon vacuum blood collection tubes or containersSteam autoclaves or sterilizersMedical syringe without needleMedical oxygen masks or partsOphthalmic tonometers or accessoriesSpecimen collection containerOxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its suppliesMedical syringe with needleCapillary or hematocrit tubesWheelchairsMicroscope slidesElectrocardiography EKG unitsScannersLancetsNotebook computersTourniquetsLaser printersButterfly needlesSuture removersPersonal computersTablet computersBinocular light compound microscopes