4 Reasons to Become a Medical Assistant

4 Reasons to Become a Medical Assistant

Do you want a career where you can really make a difference? Medical assistants are valued members of the modern healthcare team, helping to improve patient care and the lives of others. If you’ve ever considered working in healthcare, here are 4 reasons to consider becoming a medical assistant:

1)  Your career will be all about helping others. Medical assistants support  physicians in their practice as well as other healthcare professionals. Most importantly, they get to help patients! Medical assistants take patient histories, answer questions, show patients how to access their health insurance benefits, and often act as a liaison between the patient and other members of the healthcare team. Patients look to medical assistants to help them understand tests and procedures they are receiving and to ease their fears as they face them.

2) As a medical assistant, you will be meeting people from all walks of life. If you’re a “people-person”, this could be the career for you. In addition to interacting with physicians and medical staff, you’ll get to know patients and their family members. Not to mention the countless people who make their way in and out of healthcare facilities every day!

3) It’s rewarding. Whether you’re helping a patient access medical benefits, taking vital signs, or performing blood draws, lab procedures and EKGs, what you do really matters. You will be part of a rewarding profession where your patients will appreciate what you do. You’ll have lots of direct patient access and your skills, training and compassion can all make a difference in someone else’s life and in the lives of those they love.

4) There are great job prospects. If you become a medical assistant, you can expect that through 2022 your job growth will be much faster than the national average (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics1). There were more than 21,000 medical assistants employed in Connecticut and Massachusetts in 2013.2 The reason for this high demand is that there are more healthcare facilities and more patients using them, due to the expanded health benefits of the Affordable Care Act.   Medical Assistants in Massachusetts and Connecticut are also among the highest paid in the nation, ranking 2 and 4 respectively in salary level in 2013.2

Does a career as a medical assistant sound right for you? Check out the medical assisting program at Porter and Chester Institute. The program is available at all nine of our campuses in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Classes are enrolling soon!

1http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

2http://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes319092.htm