Where Do Medical Assistants Work?


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As of 2015, the majority of medical assistants work in physicians offices, but there are some who work in other health care facilities, such as clinics, group practices and primary care. The expansion of federal health legislation has led to an increased need for medical assistants. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assistant positions are expected to increase 30 percent until 2022.

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Where Do Medical Assistants Work?
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As a result of the aging baby boomer generation, physicians need more medical assistants to help them expand their practices and aid with clinical and administrative duties. Physicians need medical assistants to help them transition to electronic health records. To help with this switch, assistants should familiarize themselves with how to properly maintain EHR security, how to study electronic data and other aspects of EHR computer software.

A medical assistant's work environment is most often determined by location, size of the facility, state law, staff size and what an employer needs. The work environment is also shaped by the assistant's chosen concentration, such as specialized, clinical and administrative.

Medical assistants often work a traditional 40-hour workweek on weekdays and evenings, depending on employer needs. Assistants also have the option of working on a part-time basis. If the medical facility is always open, there might be more flexibility in the assistant's work schedule.

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