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Schools and Degrees

Qualified medical assistants need to complete postsecondary medical assisting programs. They can either opt for 1-year diploma courses, or 2-year associate degrees. They have to be proficient in the fields of anatomy, medical terminology, and physiology. They also have to learn about medical insurance processing, book keeping, medical transcription, and accounting. After completion of the courses, they have to undergo internship at a registered healthcare facility.

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Training and Education

Successful workers find it useful to have moderate-term on-the-job training. According to recent surveys, 10% of employees had received a degree. Qualified medical assistants with some schooling beyond high school, but not a college degree, total about 59%. A high school degree was all that was needed for 31% of workers.


Job Overview

Qualified medical assistants are trained professionals who assist physicians, podiatrists, and chiropractors by taking care of their administrative tasks. They are not the same as physician assistants who directly assist physicians in examining, diagnosing and treating patients.


Job Requirements

Qualified medical assistants need to complete medical assistance programs after completing their secondary examinations. Medical assistants who obtain further specialized certifications, such as certifications in the fields of optometry, opthalmology, or podiatry, can expect to gain a preference in the job market.

Qualified medical assistants need to have a pleasing personality and well-groomed look, since they have to interact directly with patients. They must maintain the confidentiality of sensitive medical information. Additionally, visual acuity and manual dexterity are required in most clinical operations.

By gaining experience and additional certifications and degrees, qualified medical assistants can switch to other career streams. Some qualified medical assistants become instructors in their field. Others go on to become healthcare professionals or nurses.


Nature of Work

Qualified medical assistants maintain files containing medical records of patients, take care of filling up insurance forms, and arrange for laboratory services or hospital admissions, whenever necessary. They also take care of other, non-medical tasks, such as, scheduling appointments of patients with physicians, taking care of timely payment of bills and book-keeping, and handling correspondence. In some of the smaller facilities, qualified medical assistants may have to perform additional duties, such as, collecting and preparing specimens to be sent to the laboratories, sterilizing medical instruments after examinations, and disposing the contaminated instruments and containers. They may also have to give patients instructions regarding special diets and medications, prepare patients for examinations, perform minor tests such as an E.C.G., and draw blood from patients to be sent for testing.

Qualified medical assistants usually work for 40 hours every week. However, some medical assistants working at smaller healthcare facilities may have to work on weekends and holidays as well.


Area Job Conditions

Looking at employees per capita, St. George (Utah), Hanford (California), and Yuba City (California) rise to the top of the list. Fort Smith (Arkansas), Charlottesville (Virginia), and Danville (Virginia) have the fewest per capita.

The highest salaries for qualified medical assistants are in and around Vallejo (California), San Francisco (California), and Rochester (Minnesota). The lowest-paying areas are Monroe (Louisiana), Lake Charles (Louisiana), and Lubbock (Texas).


Part-Time and Self Employment

Qualified medical assistants working less than full time, whether by design or chance, were 23% of the total.


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Qualified Medical Assistants by Metropolitan Area (city and its surroundings)

In the table below, a Job Density near 0% means the area has an average number of people in this occupation, for its population. A higher or lower Job Density (e.g., +22% or -45%) tells you there are that many more or fewer workers of that type there than in the average US metro area. So, the higher the number, the more common the occupation.

Alabama

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Anniston $24,000 270 +63%
Auburn $27,000 130 -19%
Birmingham $26,000 1,780 -13%
Decatur $24,000 120 -39%
Dothan $24,000 370 +70%
Florence $22,000 280 +46%
Gadsden $25,000 200 +63%
Huntsville $26,000 570 -32%
Mobile $23,000 730 +3%
Montgomery $24,000 680 +4%
Tuscaloosa $24,000 260 -25%

Alaska

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Anchorage $37,000 790 +17%
Fairbanks $41,000 140 +24%

Arizona

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Flagstaff $36,000 230 +10%
Kingman $30,000 250 +45%
Phoenix $32,000 8,990 +21%
Prescott $29,000 280 +40%
Tucson $30,000 2,540 +80%
Yuma $26,000 420 +105%

Arkansas

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Fayetteville $29,000 440 -47%
Fort Smith $24,000 120 -75%
Hot Springs $24,000 50 -61%
Jonesboro $24,000 110 -35%
Little Rock $26,000 630 -56%
Pine Bluff $25,000 100 -5%

California

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Bakersfield $27,000 1,780 +67%
Chico $28,000 510 +94%
El Centro $27,000 250 +37%
Fresno $29,000 2,530 +92%
Hanford $26,000 200 +67%
Los Angeles $30,000 24,150 +42%
Madera $29,000 180 +61%
Merced $24,000 490 +133%
Modesto $29,000 910 +46%
Oakland $33,000 5,740 +37%
Oxnard $30,000 2,020 +65%
Redding $27,000 520 +133%
Riverside $27,000 7,210 +43%
Sacramento $30,000 4,030 +11%
Salinas $37,000 910 +42%
San Diego $32,000 7,640 +39%
San Francisco $38,000 3,960 -5%
San Jose $36,000 3,910 +4%
San Luis Obispo $30,000 740 +106%
Santa Ana $32,000 7,730 +26%
Santa Barbara $32,000 750 +11%
Santa Cruz $36,000 710 +112%
Santa Rosa $35,000 870 +24%
Stockton $30,000 1,400 +64%
Vallejo $38,000 1,010 +114%
Visalia $30,000 790 +48%
Yuba City $28,000 380 +179%

Colorado

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Boulder $33,000 400 -35%
Colorado Springs $30,000 1,060 +3%
Denver $34,000 3,270 -38%
Fort Collins $32,000 440 -12%
Grand Junction $30,000 380 +80%
Greeley $28,000 310 +13%
Pueblo $27,000 280 +33%

Connecticut

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Bridgeport $36,000 1,490 -16%
Danbury $33,000 260 +1%
Hartford $33,000 2,140 -11%
New Haven $34,000 870 -22%
Norwich $34,000 490 +1%
Waterbury $32,000 410 +60%

Delaware

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Dover $27,000 270 +43%
Wilmington $32,000 920 -32%

District of Columbia

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Washington $34,000 5,840 -43%

Florida

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Cape Coral $31,000 1,000 +28%
Deltona $29,000 840 +37%
Fort Lauderdale $31,000 4,060 +39%
Fort Walton Beach $27,000 160 -45%
Gainesville $27,000 600 +25%
Jacksonville $28,000 3,060 +22%
Lakeland $27,000 820 +7%
Miami $28,000 4,880 +18%
Naples $35,000 380 -13%
Ocala $28,000 630 +86%
Orlando $29,000 3,890 -9%
Palm Bay $28,000 1,660 +107%
Palm Coast $27,000 100 +91%
Panama City $27,000 480 +85%
Pensacola $25,000 980 +65%
Port St Lucie $30,000 560 +19%
Punta Gorda $30,000 230 +65%
Sarasota $30,000 1,160 +15%
Sebastian $30,000 210 +22%
Tallahassee $26,000 620 -4%
Tampa $28,000 6,080 +26%
West Palm Beach $30,000 2,900 +34%

Georgia

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Albany $25,000 380 +64%
Athens $26,000 420 +56%
Atlanta $30,000 8,540 -12%
Augusta $28,000 940 +13%
Brunswick $25,000 70 -52%
Columbus $26,000 640 +48%
Dalton $27,000 140 -45%
Gainesville $30,000 520 +97%
Hinesville $28,000 30 -31%
Macon $28,000 490 +40%
Rome $27,000 320 +158%
Savannah $30,000 640 +7%
Valdosta $24,000 220 +21%
Warner Robins $27,000 190 -4%

Hawaii

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Honolulu $34,000 2,640 +44%

Idaho

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Boise $31,000 1,210 +13%
Coeur Dalene $28,000 300 +62%
Idaho Falls $30,000 140 -18%
Lewiston $26,000 130 +66%
Pocatello $26,000 110 +5%

Illinois

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Bloomington $26,000 230 -14%
Champaign $27,000 530 +33%
Chicago $32,000 11,180 -30%
Danville $24,000 110 +17%
Decatur $26,000 90 -45%
Kankakee $31,000 170 +15%
Peoria $33,000 930 +35%
Rockford $31,000 270 -52%
Springfield $28,000 390 -8%

Indiana

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Anderson $29,000 100 -26%
Bloomington $27,000 320 +21%
Columbus $29,000 140 +3%
Elkhart $27,000 280 -34%
Evansville $27,000 690 +0%
Fort Wayne $28,000 800 -4%
Gary $28,000 1,530 +38%
Indianapolis $29,000 3,740 -1%
Kokomo $26,000 70 -50%
Lafayette $28,000 300 +4%
Michigan City $26,000 160 +9%
Muncie $27,000 360 +118%
South Bend $28,000 530 +3%
Terre Haute $26,000 220 -15%

Iowa

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Ames $29,000 120 -9%
Cedar Rapids $29,000 330 -40%
Davenport $28,000 750 -1%
Des Moines $34,000 930 -32%
Dubuque $28,000 150 -24%
Iowa City $31,000 340 +27%
Sioux City $28,000 190 -31%
Waterloo $28,000 260 -21%

Kansas

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Lawrence $28,000 90 -43%
Manhattan $24,000 140 -27%
Topeka $25,000 250 -42%
Wichita $26,000 1,200 +1%

Kentucky

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Bowling Green $24,000 350 +70%
Elizabethtown $24,000 200 +24%
Lexington $29,000 870 -12%
Louisville $28,000 2,730 +7%
Owensboro $25,000 100 -42%

Louisiana

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Alexandria $24,000 170 -30%
Baton Rouge $26,000 1,080 -30%
Houma $25,000 320 -13%
Lafayette $22,000 600 +5%
Lake Charles $21,000 280 -18%
Monroe $24,000 210 -28%
New Orleans $28,000 1,990 -10%
Shreveport $26,000 430 -41%

Maine

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Bangor $30,000 340 +48%
Lewiston $31,000 230 +24%
Portland $32,000 690 -15%

Maryland

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Baltimore $32,000 4,110 -26%
Bethesda $33,000 1,860 -23%
Cumberland $28,000 120 -8%
Hagerstown $28,000 450 +19%
Salisbury $29,000 240 +21%

Massachusetts

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Barnstable Town $39,000 300 -23%
Boston $36,000 7,040 -4%
Brockton $34,000 340 -2%
Framingham $35,000 460 -30%
Haverhill $32,000 300 -5%
Lawrence $32,000 250 +12%
Leominster $30,000 210 +16%
Lowell $35,000 360 -24%
New Bedford $30,000 420 +72%
Peabody $37,000 490 +23%
Pittsfield $32,000 210 +85%
Springfield $31,000 1,280 +4%
Taunton $34,000 130 -20%
Worcester $37,000 1,050 +2%

Michigan

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Ann Arbor $32,000 950 +41%
Battle Creek $29,000 240 +26%
Bay City $26,000 140 +23%
Detroit $28,000 3,630 +29%
Flint $27,000 1,040 +101%
Grand Rapids $29,000 1,470 -6%
Holland $30,000 240 -36%
Jackson $32,000 220 +24%
Kalamazoo $29,000 1,110 +105%
Lansing $28,000 760 -6%
Monroe $29,000 220 +70%
Muskegon $28,000 340 +64%
Niles $28,000 250 +16%
Saginaw $26,000 540 +71%
Warren $29,000 7,000 +54%

Minnesota

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Duluth $31,000 370 -28%
Mankato $30,000 110 -47%
Minneapolis $35,000 5,040 -33%
Rochester $39,000 250 -38%
St Cloud $28,000 220 -41%

Mississippi

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Gulfport $28,000 240 -43%
Hattiesburg $24,000 220 +3%
Jackson $27,000 460 -56%
Pascagoula $25,000 110 -35%

Missouri

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Cape Girardeau $22,000 240 +49%
Columbia $26,000 170 -45%
Jefferson City $24,000 170 -40%
Joplin $30,000 180 -41%
Kansas City $29,000 3,100 -27%
Springfield $25,000 810 +5%
St Joseph $30,000 130 -31%
St Louis $28,000 4,170 -26%

Montana

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Billings $29,000 240 -26%
Great Falls $26,000 70 -46%
Missoula $28,000 140 -27%

Nebraska

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Lincoln $29,000 550 -15%
Omaha $30,000 1,660 -15%

Nevada

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Carson City $32,000 150 +68%
Las Vegas $32,000 3,440 -4%
Reno $34,000 680 -12%

New Hampshire

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Manchester $31,000 270 -33%
Nashua $31,000 340 -38%
Portsmouth $32,000 70 -67%
Rochester $31,000 190 -4%

New Jersey

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Atlantic City $31,000 580 +0%
Camden $32,000 1,970 -10%
Edison $33,000 3,140 -27%
Newark $34,000 3,270 -22%
Ocean City $29,000 110 -26%
Trenton $33,000 500 -46%
Vineland $28,000 210 -6%

New Mexico

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Albuquerque $28,000 1,940 +21%
Farmington $26,000 330 +82%
Las Cruces $25,000 420 +74%
Santa Fe $31,000 220 -6%

New York

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Albany $30,000 730 -61%
Binghamton $26,000 200 -55%
Buffalo $31,000 1,250 -46%
Elmira $27,000 80 -41%
Glens Falls $29,000 120 -38%
Ithaca $27,000 40 -73%
Kingston $29,000 120 -47%
Nassau $34,000 5,560 +4%
New York $33,000 12,710 -42%
Poughkeepsie $33,000 580 -43%
Rochester $28,000 520 -75%
Syracuse $27,000 720 -44%
Utica $25,000 210 -58%

North Carolina

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Asheville $29,000 870 +22%
Burlington $30,000 150 -29%
Charlotte $30,000 1,540 -57%
Durham $30,000 880 -23%
Fayetteville $25,000 310 -38%
Goldsboro $23,000 130 -11%
Greensboro $30,000 1,090 -26%
Greenville $28,000 370 +45%
Hickory $27,000 680 +15%
Jacksonville $26,000 140 -9%
Raleigh $30,000 1,330 -38%
Rocky Mount $26,000 180 -16%
Wilmington $29,000 810 +49%
Winston Salem $29,000 710 -17%

North Dakota

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Bismarck $27,000 110 -55%
Fargo $28,000 170 -65%
Grand Forks $30,000 40 -77%

Ohio

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Akron $27,000 1,650 +24%
Canton $26,000 950 +41%
Cincinnati $29,000 4,470 +5%
Cleveland $27,000 4,050 -6%
Columbus $29,000 3,840 -1%
Dayton $28,000 1,980 +25%
Lima $27,000 340 +77%
Mansfield $24,000 160 -16%
Sandusky $27,000 170 +38%
Springfield $26,000 260 +48%
Steubenville $23,000 170 +14%
Toledo $30,000 1,260 +4%
Youngstown $25,000 1,300 +40%

Oklahoma

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Lawton $23,000 130 -11%
Oklahoma City $26,000 2,990 +24%
Tulsa $28,000 1,700 -5%

Oregon

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Bend $33,000 350 +48%
Corvallis $33,000 200 +116%
Eugene $33,000 560 0%
Medford $31,000 550 +86%
Portland $33,000 4,410 +3%
Salem $31,000 710 +19%

Pennsylvania

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Allentown $29,000 1,660 +16%
Altoona $26,000 320 +41%
Erie $25,000 520 +2%
Harrisburg $30,000 1,550 +17%
Lancaster $28,000 800 -17%
Lebanon $29,000 180 +9%
Philadelphia $32,000 8,770 +9%
Pittsburgh $28,000 5,490 +14%
Reading $28,000 590 -12%
Scranton $28,000 710 -34%
State College $24,000 130 -45%
Williamsport $34,000 130 -32%
York $28,000 770 +8%

Rhode Island

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Providence $32,000 2,160 -7%

South Carolina

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Anderson $29,000 300 +43%
Charleston $29,000 1,780 +50%
Columbia $31,000 1,260 -13%
Florence $26,000 280 -8%
Greenville $31,000 1,290 +4%
Myrtle Beach $30,000 220 -49%
Spartanburg $28,000 500 +10%
Sumter $25,000 150 +31%

South Dakota

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Rapid City $24,000 200 -17%
Sioux Falls $26,000 370 -33%

Tennessee

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Chattanooga $26,000 1,220 +31%
Clarksville $23,000 270 -10%
Cleveland $26,000 190 +57%
Jackson $23,000 400 +82%
Johnson City $28,000 520 +90%
Kingsport $27,000 720 +50%
Knoxville $27,000 1,590 +15%
Memphis $28,000 2,470 -4%
Morristown $26,000 170 +2%
Nashville $29,000 2,510 -19%

Texas

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Abilene $24,000 150 -37%
Amarillo $23,000 480 +15%
Austin $31,000 4,010 +21%
Beaumont $22,000 730 +13%
Brownsville $22,000 860 +66%
College Station $25,000 390 +9%
Corpus Christi $24,000 1,100 +52%
Dallas $31,000 8,950 +1%
El Paso $22,000 1,630 +45%
Fort Worth $31,000 4,160 +14%
Houston $30,000 11,040 -1%
Killeen $24,000 440 -14%
Laredo $21,000 450 +50%
Longview $24,000 290 -22%
Lubbock $22,000 680 +36%
Mcallen $22,000 2,140 +128%
Odessa $26,000 160 -24%
San Angelo $27,000 250 +67%
San Antonio $26,000 5,600 +53%
Sherman $30,000 200 +35%
Texarkana $25,000 130 -35%
Tyler $27,000 560 +60%
Victoria $24,000 160 -9%
Waco $26,000 340 -13%
Wichita Falls $23,000 160 -22%

Utah

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Logan $24,000 210 +22%
Ogden $26,000 1,060 +31%
Provo $27,000 1,050 +53%
Salt Lake City $29,000 2,620 +3%
St George $26,000 400 +140%

Vermont

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Burlington $31,000 350 -20%

Virginia

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Blacksburg $26,000 130 -43%
Charlottesville $33,000 160 -52%
Danville $27,000 110 -10%
Harrisonburg $28,000 100 -52%
Lynchburg $27,000 260 -33%
Richmond $30,000 1,570 -39%
Roanoke $28,000 410 -34%
Virginia Beach $27,000 3,270 +3%
Winchester $34,000 190 +4%

Washington

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Bellingham $34,000 170 -39%
Bremerton $33,000 450 +41%
Kennewick $31,000 330 -16%
Longview $32,000 250 +116%
Mount Vernon $34,000 250 +56%
Olympia $34,000 280 -27%
Seattle $35,000 4,970 -16%
Spokane $30,000 670 -20%
Tacoma $33,000 1,550 +42%
Wenatchee $31,000 240 +73%
Yakima $33,000 420 +30%

West Virginia

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Charleston $24,000 890 +53%
Huntington $23,000 620 +38%
Morgantown $26,000 310 +58%
Parkersburg $23,000 360 +40%
Wheeling $24,000 340 +39%

Wisconsin

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Appleton $30,000 330 -27%
Eau Claire $29,000 430 +52%
Fond $29,000 100 -35%
Green Bay $30,000 520 -23%
Janesville $30,000 310 +31%
La Crosse $29,000 480 +76%
Madison $32,000 970 -31%
Milwaukee $31,000 3,450 -1%
Oshkosh $30,000 460 +36%
Racine $29,000 320 +13%
Sheboygan $31,000 290 +40%
Wausau $31,000 140 -44%

Wyoming

City and Area Median Salary Employees Job Density
Casper $31,000 90 -30%
Cheyenne $26,000 90 -41%
*FOOTNOTES: Job Facts salary and numbers data is based on US Department of Labor Statistics data for 2011. Other data on page may be from earlier years. Typical salary is given as median salary, where 50% in the job make more and 50% less. Salary range is Job Hunt's estimates of typical starting salary as being at the 10th percentile of reported pay and typical top end salary, for the most senior workers, as being at the 90th. Job openings is an estimate of new jobs every year due to growth plus those leaving the field. Where NA is given data is not available. Suggested studies is based on Job Hunt research, suggesting a minimum degree level that is judged to offer the best opportunities for entry-level employment. This Medical Assistants schools and career page was originally researched by CityTownInfo.com.