Most people tend to have a narrow view of the Medical Assisting occupation. Saying and thinking things like,
Medical assistants just work in doctor’s offices
Often times, people do not realize that medical assistants are trained in many areas such as: medicine (first and foremost), caring for patients, health insurance, lab procedures, book and record keeping, and more.
This extensive and broad educational training provides the opportunity for Medical Assistants to work in many difference healthcare capacities.
Today we are sharing some exciting and alternative medical assistant career paths. So, if you thought MAs only worked in doctor’s offices, then get ready to learn a few more places you didn’t know about!
Qualified Medical Assistant Career Paths
- Specialty offices (e.g. Podiatry, Chiropractic, Opthalmology)
- Hospitals – in a variety of capacities
- Outpatient surgical centers
- Emergency service organizations
- Urgent care centers
- Retirement and Nursing homes
- Medical supplies organizations
- Home health companies
- Insurance carriers
- Rehab and Therapy clinics
- Pharmaceutical businesses
- U.S. Army
- U.S. Navy
- U.S. Air Force
- U.S. Coast Guard
Brainstorming Medical Assistant Career Paths
Now you know, there are many more places within the medical community that medical assistants can find jobs and carve out a career path. So, get creative and start thinking of some possible medical assistant career paths you may be interested in.
Try thinking of your skills and how they could apply to various medical organizations. Medical assistants have administrative and clinical skills and could use both or choose to focus on one.
Additionally, medical assistants can find a niche medical specialty, such as podiatry or ophthalmology, and focus their careers in one niche.
That being said, the U.S. Department of Labor states that roughly 60 percent of medical assistants work in doctor’s offices. So, that means that the remaining 40% are finding alternative medical offices to work in.
We shared a long list of 20 more places that medical assistants can work if you would like to find more opportunities.
Are you a working in a doctor’s office or some other medical assistant career path? Let us know in the comments below! 🙂