3 reasons a Medical Assistant career might work for you
Are you considering going back to school to get more marketable skills for the job market? At the Harris School of Business, there are many reasons why our students have decided to come back to school. They may have lost their jobs and need to get re-trained before looking for a new job. They may be unhappy in their current jobs and looking for a more highly skilled career. They may have stayed home with their children and are ready to get back into the workforce.
Whatever the reason, the Harris School is happy to assist you in gaining new job skills and getting started in a new career field. The Harris School is proud to offer career-focused training at seven locations throughout the Philadelphia region, Delaware, and South Jersey.
One of our popular programs is the Medical Assistant training program. With the Delaware Valley being home to so many medical institutions, becoming a medical assistant can be a good way to gain entry into the healthcare industry.
Medical assistants are entry-level healthcare professionals who are important members of a healthcare team. They handle essential tasks in medical offices and hospitals, such as preparing exam rooms, sterilizing instruments, and measuring patients’ vital signs. Medical assistants also handle office responsibilities and help keep appointments running smoothly. This in turn frees up the time of the doctors and nurses so that they can take care of other patient needs.
Here are three reasons you might want to come back to school to become a medical assistant.
1. The job outlook for medical assistants is positive
In an uncertain economy, it’s a good idea to look at the predictions for job growth for any new career you might be considering. The good news is that medical assisting is predicted to have positive job growth, according to the Occupational Outlook Handbook. It says, “Employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations.” The reason for this prediction is the aging of the baby boomer population and the growing need for more medical care. Having a positive job outlook is encouraging for people interested in going back to school and starting a career in this field.
2. You can be back on the job market in less than one year
Getting trained to be a medical assistant does not take a long time. The program at the Harris School of Business can be completed in less than one year if you are full-time student. We also offer night classes for students who may need to work during the day. Whether you are a day student or an evening student, you will take the same courses. At the end of your coursework, you will be placed in an externship in a real medical setting where you get exposed to on-the-job responsibilities. You will be amazed at how much you can learn in one year’s time! For people who are not in the position to go to a 4-year or 2-year college, medical assisting might be a good choice for you.
3. You can work in an important industry
Healthcare is an industry that makes a difference. People who work in the healthcare industry are contributing to helping people get better and stay well. Being a medical assistant can be rewarding simply for the fact that you know you are helping people. It’s a meaningful position, especially when you have the opportunity to meet the people you are helping face to face. If you are currently in a field that does not bring you that kind of reward, you might want to consider switching. The Delaware Valley and the Greater Philadelphia region are a center for medical services, and being a part of this industry is something that should make you proud.
For more information about becoming a medical assistant, read 5 Things to Know About Becoming a Medical Assistant. If you think this new career is in your future, don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to welcome you to the Harris School.