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Medical Assistant

Description: Medical Assistants support the work of physicians and other health care professionals in various medical settings by performing administrative duties and basic clinical tasks.


  • Record patient history
  • Take vitals
  • Schedule appointments
  • Prepare samples for laboratory tests
  • Assist with patient exams
  • Enter notes into medical records

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  • No formal education is required, but most employers require a certificate
  • Certificate or diploma can be acquired at a community college, technical school, or university
    • Takes about 1 year to complete

Work Environment: Physician’s offices, hospitals, outpatient clinics, healthcare facilities

Salary: $32,770 (annual mean wage in Pennsylvania)

Job Outlook: Expected to increase by 29% from 2016 to 2026

(Source: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm#tab-2)