Details Report for:
31-9092.00 - 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.
Sample of reported job titles: Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Chiropractor Assistant, Clinical Medical Assistant, Doctor's Assistant, Health Assistant, Ophthalmic Assistant, Ophthalmological Assistant, Optometric Assistant, Outpatient Surgery Assistant, Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Accounting software — Billing software; Bookkeeping software; Intuit QuickBooks
- Calendar and scheduling software — Appointment scheduling software
- Categorization or classification software — Diagnostic and procedural coding software
- Data base user interface and query software — Data entry software ; Database software; Microsoft Access
- Document management software — IDX Systems Patient Chart Tracking
- Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Exchange ; Microsoft Outlook
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Medical software — Epic Systems ; Healthcare common procedure coding system HCPCS ; Medical condition coding software ; MEDITECH software (see all 10 examples)
- Network conferencing software — Microsoft Office SharePoint Server MOSS
- Office suite software — Business software applications; Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Microsoft Windows Vista Business; Microsoft Windows XP Professional
- Project management software — Microsoft SharePoint
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Alcohol analysers — Breathalyzers
- Audiometers or accessories — Audiometers
- Bedside pulmonary function screeners — Pulmonary function measurement equipment
- Benchtop centrifuges — Centrifuges
- Binocular light compound microscopes
- Blood collection needle — Single draw needles
- Body plethysmographs — Plethysmographs
- Butterfly needles
- Canes or cane accessories — Canes
- Capillary or hematocrit tubes — Microcapillary hematocrit tubes
- Cast cutters or saws — Cast cutters
- Chemistry analyzers — Blood chemistry analyzers
- Combination refractor keratometers — Keratometers
- Crutches or crutch accessories — Crutches
- Dictation machines — Dictation equipment
- Dropping pipettes — Pipettes
- Electrocardiography EKG units
- Electronic blood pressure units — Electronic blood pressure measuring devices
- Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment — Electrocautery equipment
- Endotracheal tubes — Endotracheal ET tubes
- Enema kits or accessories — Enema equipment
- Eye charts or vision cards — Snellen eye charts
- Eye occluders — Handheld occluders
- Flexible endoscopes or accessories or related products — Flexible sigmoidoscopy equipment
- Gait belts for rehabilitation or therapy — Gait belts
- Hearing aids for the physically challenged — Hearing aids
- Hypodermic needle — Intradermal needles; Intramuscular needles; Subcutaneous hypodermic needles
- Lap mayo trays or mayo stands for surgical use or accessories — Mayo stands
- Laser printers
- Magnetic stripe readers and encoders — Credit card readers
- Medical acoustic stethoscope or accessory — Mechanical stethoscopes
- Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Oxygen tanks
- Medical imaging wet darkroom or daylight processors — X ray development equipment
- Medical oxygen masks or parts — Oxygen masks
- Medical radiation films or badges — Dosimetry badges
- Medical staple or clip removers — Staple removers
- Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories — Suction tubing
- Medical suction or vacuum appliances — Suction machines
- Medical syringe with needle — Syringe needles
- Medical syringe without needle — Syringes
- Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use — X ray machines
- Mercury blood pressure units — Baumanometers; Manual blood pressuring measurement equipment
- Microscope slides
- Nebulizer or accessories — Nebulizers; Pulmonary nebulizers
- Non vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Blood collection vials
- Notebook computers
- Ophthalmic lensometers — Lensometers
- Ophthalmic retinoscopes — Retinoscopes
- Ophthalmic tonometers or accessories — Tonometers
- Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets — Opthalmoscopes; Otoscopes
- Opticians tools or accessories — Metric rules
- Orthopedic splint systems — Splints
- Oxygen therapy delivery system products accessories or its supplies — Oxygen equipment
- Personal computers
- Phlebotomy trays or accessories — Evacuated collection tube holders/adapters
- Specimen collection container — Culturettes
- Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies — Spirometers; Vitalors
- Steam autoclaves or sterilizers — Autoclaves
- Suture removers
- Tablet computers
- Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation units — Transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation TENS units
- Tuberculin syringes — Tuberculin TB skin test equipment
- Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers — Evacuated blood collection tubes
- Walkers or rollators — Walkers
- Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.
- Clean medical equipment.
- Dispose of biomedical waste in accordance with standards.
- Interview patients to gather medical information.
- Record vital statistics or other health information.
- Explain technical medical information to patients.
- Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms.
- Collect biological specimens from patients.
- Prepare patient treatment areas for use.
- Give medications or immunizations.
- Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
- Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures.
- Conduct diagnostic tests to determine patient health.
- Process medical billing information.
- Perform clerical work in medical settings.
- Control prescription refills or authorizations.
- Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
- Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
- Inventory medical supplies or equipment.
- Operate medical equipment.
- Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
|Title||Job Zone Three: Medium Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.|
|Related Experience||Previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, an electrician must have completed three or four years of apprenticeship or several years of vocational training, and often must have passed a licensing exam, in order to perform the job.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need one or two years of training involving both on-the-job experience and informal training with experienced workers. A recognized apprenticeship program may be associated with these occupations.|
|Job Zone Examples||These occupations usually involve using communication and organizational skills to coordinate, supervise, manage, or train others to accomplish goals. Examples include hydroelectric production managers, travel guides, electricians, agricultural technicians, barbers, court reporters, and medical assistants.|
|SVP Range||(6.0 to < 7.0)|
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
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Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$17.23 hourly, $35,850 annual|
|Employment (2020)||720,900 employees|
|Projected growth (2020-2030)||Much faster than average (15% or higher)|
|Projected job openings (2020-2030)||104,400|
|Top industries (2020)||
Health Care and Social Assistance (94% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2020-2030 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2020-2030). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools
- American Association of Medical Assistants
- American Heart Association
- American Medical Technologists
- American Optometric Association
- American Society of Podiatric Medical Assistants
- Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
- Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation
- Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology
- Medical Assistant Schools Directory
- National Center for Competency Testing
- National Healthcareer Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Medical assistants