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Quick Facts: Medical Assisting Industry

Median Pay:   $41,050 per year | $20 per hour
Entry-Level Education:   Master's degree
Work Experience:   None
Number of Jobs, 2014:   3,907,000

Medical Assisting Occupations:

  • Physician assistants$95,820
  • Dental hygienists$71,520
  • Home health aides$21,380
  • Psychiatric aides$26,220
  • Nursing assistants$25,100
  • Orderlies$24,650
  • Occupational therapy assistants$56,950
  • Occupational therapy aides$26,550
  • Physical therapist assistants$54,410
  • Physical therapist aides$24,650
  • Dental assistants$35,390
  • Medical assistants$29,960

Online Medical Assisting Degrees

As the baby boomers living in the United States reach retirement age, an increasing number require medical attention. At the same time, there are fewer doctors than are necessary. This combination means that additional medical staff, such as medical assistants, are in great demand.

If you want to find a career that is rewarding, well paid and stable but you don't want to attend medical school for several years first, then consider becoming a medical assistant. Online courses can prepare you for a career in as little as two years, so read on to learn how to take the next step toward your future in the healthcare industry.

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