Career Profile

Medical Assistants

Education Postsecondary nondegree award
This is the typical education required for an entry-level position.
Earnings $34,000
This is the typical median salary earned for an entry-level position.

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in hospitals, offices of physicians, and other healthcare facilities.

General Information

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Training Funds Available

This is a Rural Capital Area Target Occupation.
Training and education opportunities are available with eligible providers throughout the state.

Medical Assistants

Occupational Outlook

For the Rural Capital Area


Job Opportunities

Over the next five years, an average of 237 openings per year are projected for Medical Assistants.


Employment Change

Employment for Medical Assistants is forecasted to increase significantly more than the regional average by 21.2% between 2022 and 2027.


Earnings Potential

An average worker in this occupation is paid $16.33/hour. Entry level workers are paid $13.62, while experienced workers are paid $17.68. The median wage is below average regional wages across occupations.

Local Employment Opportunities

There are 1,328 Medical Assistants in the RCA region. By 2027 this number could reach 1,609.

Top 5 Employing Industries, Locally

The top industries employing Medical Assistants are Offices of Physicians, Offices of Other Health Practitioners, and General Medical and Surgical Hospitals.

Knowledge Areas

The top most significant knowledge categories for Medical Assistants include Customer and Personal Service, Medicine and Dentistry, and English Language.

Educational Attainment Patterns

The most common level of education for Medical Assistants is Some college, no degree. 39% of people employed in these roles have some form of college degree.

Sources: BLS   JobsEQ®   ONET