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.

Fast Facts

Hourly Pay
Entry Level: $13.39/hr
Median: $15.51/hr
Experienced: $17.74/hr

Current Employment
2,051 (2018)

Projected Employment
2,562 (2029)

Growth for Medical Assistants

2018 Jobs2029 JobsChange (2018-2029)% Change (2018-2029)

Industries Employing Medical Assistants

IndustryOccupation Jobs in Industry (2018)% of Occupation in Industry (2018)% of Total Jobs in Industry (2018)
Offices of Physicians (except Mental Health Specialists)1,27362.1%13.5%
General Medical and Surgical Hospitals25812.6%1.4%
Offices of Chiropractors643.1%17.9%
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 482.3%0.5%
Freestanding Ambulatory Surgical and Emergency Centers472.3%7.3%

Occupational Tasks

  • Record patients’ medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.