The Medical Assistant Clinical Specialist
This is one of the fastest growing careers in the healthcare industry. MACS's can work at clinics, urgent care facilities, dental offices, Nursing homes, chiropractic offices, hospitals, insurance companies. Medical Assistants held over 500,000 jobs in 2016. Most of these Assistants work in physicians' offices and other health care facilities. In 2016, more than half of all Medical Assistants worked in physicians' offices. The demand for health services is expected to increase as the population ages. An aging population will need more medical tests, treatments, and procedures.According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics:"Employment of Medical Assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2016 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.
According to the United States Department of Labor: Most Medical Assistants have a postsecondary education award such as a certificate. Others enter the occupation with a high school diploma and learn through on-the-job training.
The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more Assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients. An increasing number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities need support workers, particularly Medical Assistants, to complete both administrative and clinical duties. Medical Assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry. In addition, the number of individuals who have access to health insurance is expected to continue to increase because of federal health insurance reform, increasing patient access to medical care. Medical Assistants who earn certification and have familiarity with EHRs may have better job prospects.