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Medical Assistants Employment and Job Outlook
Medical Assistants

MEDICAL ASSISTANTS - JOB OUTLOOK

Medical Assistants Percent change in employment, projected 2012-22

Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 29 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to spur 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 do both administrative and clinical duties. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry. In addition, federal health legislation will expand the number of patients who have access to health insurance, increasing patient access to medical care.

Additional demand also is expected because of new and changing tasks for medical assistants as part of the medical team. As more and more physicians' practices switch to electronic health records (EHRs), medical assistants' job responsibilities will continue to change. Assistants will need to become familiar with EHR computer software, including maintaining EHR security and analyzing electronic data, to improve healthcare information.

Employment projections data for medical assistants, 2012-22

Occupational Title SOC Code Employment, 2010 Projected Employment, 2022 Change, 2012-22
Percent Numeric
Medical Assistants 31-9092 560,800 723,700 29 162,900
SOURCE: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program
Last Modification: 01-26-2014
Source:
http://www.bls.gov