Job Title: Medical Assistant
Years of Experience: 17
Where: Renton, WA
Current Employer: Southlake Clinic
Education: Certified Medical Assistant
Salary: See the PayScale Research Center for the average salary of a medical assistant.
Medical Assistant Job Description
A quick search for medical assistant jobs reveals openings in various states across the country. Medical assistants are in demand, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects excellent growth in the field over the next several years. The outlook for medical assistant jobs may be bright, but what is it really like to work in this profession? In this Salary Story, we hear from an experienced medical assistant who knows a thing or two about dealing with insurance companies, juggling paperwork, and providing excellent patient care. She describes her medical assistant duties and sheds some light on what makes this a rewarding career.
PayScale: What is your medical assistant job description?
As a medical assistant, my duties include managing patient flow, handling calls, doing triage, managing doctor schedule, injections, EKG, phlebotomy, charting, EMR, all back office duties, minor procedures, and assisting doctor with exams.
PayScale: How did you get started as a medical assistant?
Having family members who work in the medical field influenced my decision to become a medical assistant.
PayScale: What do you love about your medical assistant job?
I love working with patients, and having the opportunity to really help someone.
PayScale: What are the biggest challenges you face in your job?
One of the biggest challenges is dealing with all the red tape with insurance companies.
PayScale: What advice would you give to someone interested in medical assistant jobs?
Even though this is a hands-on job, you can expect to do lots of paperwork. Keep in mind that there may be less patient contact than you think.
PayScale: What is one of the most interesting experiences you’ve had while doing this type of work?
I would have to say finding breast cancer in a patient while doing an EKG.