Medical assistants perform clinical and administrative duties within the offices of medical and alternative health physicians. During a regular work day, a medical assistant might help the doctor examine patients, administer patient injections, and complete administrative tasks, including scheduling patient appointments.
Skill Sets: Medical assistants must know medical terminology, possess current computer software skills and be able to effectively communicate with staff members and patients within the organization.
Education: Although many states do not require formal educational training, most medical assistants must at least have a high school diploma or equivalent to become gainfully employed with on-the-job training. However, some states require medical assistants to graduate from an accredited, one or two-year medical assistant training program from a community college, or a vocational or technical school.
Career Path: The foundation of a medical assistant career is a strong desire to help sick and injured people regain their good health. Pursue a medical assistant certificate or associate's degree to ensure that you receive adequate training in all facets of the job. After you complete your formal education, take and pass the American Association of Medical Assistant's Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam to prepare yourself for long term employment.