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How to Get a Job as a Medical Assistant

The good news for aspiring medical assistants is that the industry requires relatively little formal training or education compared with other jobs in the medical field. But that also means it can be tougher to stand out among a sea of applicants. In addition to certification programs, networking with organizations in the field can make a huge difference, says Jean Lynch, director of communications and marketing at the American Association of Medical Assistants. One of the best ways to get ahead as a medical assistant is to volunteer, she says. “It doesn’t have to be your whole life. Work on a blood pressure drive. Spend a Saturday at it. That can go on a résumé,” Lynch says. She also recommends keeping abreast of changes in the health care industry and issues affecting the organizations that hire medical assistants.

Interview Questions Submitted by Real Medical Assistants

"All patients must be treated with good service because some of them might be in important positions, even though they might be impatient or rude. Do you understand the importance of this, and can you achieve this?" - Concentra Medical Assistant Candidate (Louisville, KY)

"Best advice your mother gave you?" - Day Medical Medical Assistant Candidate (Location Unknown)

"What quality do you feel is most important in a supervisor and/or when supervising someone?" - Sentara Healthcare Medical Assistant Candidate (Location Unknown)

Job Satisfaction

Upward Mobility poor Below Average
Stress Level poor Above Average
Flexibility fair Average

What is the Job Like?

Medical assistants often work a regular 40-hour week, although some work nights, evenings and weekends. Stress levels depend on the type of work environment. Important qualities include people skills and a knack for organization, since meeting with patients and shepherding them through office visits is a big part of the job. This is largely an entry-level position, but medical assistants often advance into other administrative positions or pursue additional education to become nurses.

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