Medical Assistant

Health Sciences

Do you want to explore the field of Medicine?

Become a MEDICAL ASSISTANT. 

What is it?

A Medical Assistant focuses on the medical care of a patient, administering medications and injections and monitoring the patient’s vital health.  Medical assistants support doctors and other health professionals, usually working in a hospital, health clinic, or physician’s office.  Demand for medical assistants is very high, and a degree in this field leads to more advanced, in-demand medical career paths.

What will I do?

A Medical Assistant monitors patient care and takes patient vital signs, including taking blood pressure as well as blood and urine samples.  You will change wound dressing, remove stitches, and perform basic exams.  Medical assistants greet and admit patients, give them instructions, and input their vital health data into computer systems.

Can lead you to these jobs:

  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Medical Billing Coder
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Pharmacy Technologist
  • Phlebotomist
  • Physical Therapy Assistant
  • Radiologic Technologist
  • Registered Nurse

Important characteristics for this job include:

  • Compassionate
  • Good communicator
  • People-person
  • Flexible
  • Patient
  • Detailed-oriented

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Medical Assistant

Employment Stats in Lake County

EDUCATION LEVEL NEEDED

Certification

MEDIAN
SALARY

JOB GROWTH
OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

%

JOB OPENINGS
OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

Source – Emsi, 2019

Interested in pursuing a career as a medical assistant?

IF YOU ARE IN HIGH SCHOOL:
Check first with your local high school to see if they offer a Medical Assistant program. You can also register for the Medical Assistant programs offered by the Tech Campus.

IF YOU NEED TUITION
OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
:

Training grants are available to assist you with tuition or financial assistance through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA).

IF YOU HAVE
GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL:

Check out available Medical Assisting programs offered by the College of Lake County.

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