Medical Assisting Requirements
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When considering a medical assisting career, students have two degree choices: a certificate or an associate degree. Many junior or technical colleges offer both. Medical assisting certificate programs are typically 9-12 months long, while an associate degree program can be 24 months long.
Associate degree programs in medical assisting are a bit more in-depth than a certificate program. Students will be required to take general liberal arts classes, as well as core clinical and administrative courses. They may also be required to take language and writing courses, business communications and sociology or speech classes as part of their liberal arts requirement.
Medical Assisting Careers
The career trajectory of people with a Medical Assisting degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Medical Assisting degrees have experience in is Medical Assistant, followed by Phlebotomist, Medical Secretary, Dental Assistant, Community Health Worker, Home Health Aide, Paramedic, Orderly, Doctor, and Customer Service Representative.
|Career||% of graduates||% of population||Multiple|
|Community Health Worker||1.2%||0.0%||37.9×|
|Home Health Aide||1.4%||0.2%||8.0×|
|Customer Service Representative||3.6%||2.1%||1.8×|
Medical Assisting Salary
Medical Assisting graduates earn on average $42k, putting them in the 65th percentile of earners with a degree.
|Percentile||Earnings after graduation ($1000s USD)|
|25th (bottom earners)||$30k|
|Median (average earners)||$42k|
|75th (top earners)||$65k|
Medical Assisting Underemployment
Medical Assisting graduates are not very well employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.
|Employment Type||Proportion of graduates|
|Jobs that don't require college||77%|