Do you like the idea of running a medical office? Do you enjoy lots of variety in your workday– from interacting with patients to coordinating multiple administrative tasks? If so, then a career as a medical office assistant may be just what the doctor ordered.
What Do Medical Office Assistants Do?
Medical front-office staff typically work in hospitals, clinics, and private practices. Your responsibilities will vary based on the specialty and size of the practice. Medical office assisting involves the administrative side of running a healthcare facility, or managing operations within a particular hospital department or specialty. Your duties may include:
- managing insurance claims and billing
- scheduling patient appointments
- maintaining records and charts
- working with outside contractors, such as janitorial services
- ordering supplies and keeping the office organized
In some healthcare practices, medical office staff also perform routine clinical procedures, such as giving injections, taking vital signs and instructing patients regarding follow-up care.
What’s the Career Outlook for Medical Office Assisting?
With large segments of the US population reaching their golden years and healthcare practices striving to control costs, medical personnel are highly sought-after, and the demand for medical staff is only expected to increase. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth in this area is projected at 29% (between 2016 and 2026). This figure is much higher than anticipated job growth rates in most other sectors and translates to more than 26,000 new jobs per year.
How Much Do Medical Office Assistants Earn?
The BLS also reports that, as of May 2017, the median salary for medical office assistants totaled $32,480. That means half of all medical office staff earned more, while 50% earned less. Salaries in this occupation can range from $21,540 at the entry level to $42,760 for highly-experienced assistants. The results of a PayScale.com survey provide a breakdown of average annual pay correlated with years on the job.
- 0-5: $26,000
- 5-10: $30,000
- 10-20: $31,000
- 20+: $32,000
How Do I Become A Medical Office Assistant?
One way to gain the required skills in this area is through on-the-job training. However, you will have a significant advantage over the competition if you earn your medical administrative assistant certification before applying for work. Ashworth College offers an online program in medical office assisting that equips you with the skills and knowledge employers need.