Medical Assistants Career Outlook

The Outlook is Good for People Training As Medical Assistants

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for medical assistants is projected to grow 29% from 2012 to 2022, which makes it one of the fastest growing job titles in one of the fasting growing industries.

U.S. News & World Report publishes an annual report listing the best jobs in the country. A job outlook is judged on criteria including job growth, median salary, job prospects, employment rate, stress level and work-life balance. In its annual “100 Best Jobs” report for 2015, medical assistant ranked #71.

Why demand for medical assistants is rising

There are several reasons why the BLS expects the need for qualified medical assistants to increase steadily for the foreseeable future. Overall, experts project the health care industry to grow in most positions over the next decade.

Demographic

Baby Boomers are the biggest demographic segment of the American population. Consequently, as they age they will spur demand for preventive medical services provided by physicians. Practices will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing nurses and physicians to see more patients.

Legal

Federal health legislation – the Affordable Care Act – requires U.S. residents to purchase health insurance. It has expanded the number of patients who have access to health insurance, and increased the number of visits and procedures by the tens of millions.

Technology

Practices are switching to electronic health records (EHRs). For this reason, medical assistants need training in EHR computer software, maintaining data security, and performing electronic data analysis.

Expansion

Primary care is a steadily growing sector of the health care industry, and a high percentage of medical assistants work in that sector. In addition, there are an increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that need medical assistants.

Get the training you need for a medical assisting career.

As a medical assistant, you’ll have the opportunity to impact the lives of many patients. If you are interested in a rewarding career in the growing health care industry and would like to know more about First Institute’s Medical Assisting Program, call 815-459-3500.