A trained medical assistant can find plenty of promising options for employment in the healthcare field, and those options continue to expand. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, career opportunities in medical assisting are expected to increase by 29 percent by the year 2026 – an above-average growth rate.
Some of the many current jobs for medical assistants include:
- Doctor’s office assistant
- Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician
- Health Insurance Claims Examiner or Adjuster
- Medical Clerk
As a leading provider of direct hire services in Philadelphia, The Protocall Group fills a wide variety of healthcare positions for medical assistants throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Medical assistants are in high demand in hospitals, physician’s offices, and clinical labs, needed to work alongside general practitioners, surgeons, and specialists alike.
What can you expect from these types of medical assistant positions? Here’s a brief rundown.
Medical offices from pediatricians to podiatrists employ medical assistants to handle both administrative and clinical duties. Common tasks include handling patients’ medical records, scheduling appointments, preparing patients to see the doctor when they come for an office visit (measuring height, weight, blood pressure, vital signs, etc.), and coordinating lab work and results.
An electrocardiogram monitors the performance of the heart, and an EKG technician is responsible for operating an EKG machine, which connects to a patient’s arms, legs, and chest – to test for irregularities.
Phlebotomists work in doctor’s offices, hospitals, and independent laboratories, drawing patients’ blood for testing, transfusions, or donations. It’s an important job, not just because blood needs to be drawn skillfully and handled carefully, but because patients tend to be skittish or fearful of the process. A phlebotomist manages a patient’s blood sample while helping to calm his or her nerves.
Medical filing or records clerks are responsible for managing patient information, utilizing organizational skills and an extensive knowledge of medical records technology and medical billing coding to gather, store, and share medical records when necessary.
Health insurance companies employ claims examiners and adjusters to review and process insurance claims according to proper guidelines and timelines, determining what services are and are not covered by a policy.
Medical assisting is an exciting and diverse field that’s teeming with opportunities from coast to coast. If you’re interested in pursuing a job as a medical assistant, you need to fill a position at your healthcare facility, or you have any additional questions about how we can help businesses in and around Philadelphia, PA, with direct hire placement, contact The Protocall Group today.