What are medical assistants, what do they do and how much they make in New York City?

What are medical assistants, what do they do and how much they make in New York City?

Medical Assistants are part of the growing group of healthcare professionals that will keep continuing increasing over time.

Moreover, Medical Assistants are those who receive patients in hospitals, clinics, and other health care centers. According to the Bureau of labor and statistics, there are about 25,000 Medical assistants in New York City. 

What does a Medical Assistant do?

They take care of different functions in offices, hospitals, and other medical establishments. Some perform administrative tasks, such as supervising the waiting room, organizing patient schedules and keeping records. Others measure the patient’s vital signs, height, and weight before the doctor examines them.

How much does a Medical assistant make on average?

In 2018, this group of professionals in the United States earned an average of US $ 16.16 per hour. The average of all salaries reported by medical assistants to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2018 was $ 13.65, and the average half of medical assistants earned between $ 11, 72 and the US $ 22.72 per hour. (it all depends on the state)

Where can they practice?

They can practice in almost all areas of medical and surgical specialization. For example, in areas of primary care, including family medicine. Also, other common practice areas are general surgery, surgical specialties, and emergency medicine. 

What certification can you take as a medical assistant?

There are different available options to get certificated in one medical assistant specialty. First, you should understand all the requirements for doing so and choose an accredited institution. This is very important because even though there is a wide number of institutions, some of them are not certified by the board of medical assistants.

Finally, here we listed 4 of the most popular certifications:

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA)

Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA)

Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

National Certified Medical Assistant (NCMA)

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