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November 14, 2016
 

8 Things to Understand Before Starting a Career in the Medical Assisting Field

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Medical assisting is a growing career in the industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 160,000 new jobs will be created in this field over the next few years. Although many people believe that they know what the job entails, there are a few surprises. Before contemplating a job in this area, here are some important things to understand.

  • Comprehend the Job. Before obtaining a job as a medical assistant, it is important to learn the skills that the career requires. Since this individual will deal directly with patients, he or she must have a pleasant bedside manner. Also, he or she must have an intrinsic love of healing others. Flexibility is key as well. This job does not run on a 9-to-5 schedule, so it is vital to be willing to accommodate swing shifts.
  • Research Multiple Paths. There are many ways to become a medical assistant. For example, one person can get on-the-job training. Others will receive education with textbooks and hands-on learning through internships. Although it is possible to earn certification with only a GED and some training, a better path is attending an accredited program to receive certification.
  • Follow the Best Path. If you decide to pursue on-the-job training, you must search for a physician who will help. If attending a conventional college program is your your path of choice, call ASA College and discuss all of your options with our Admission advisor.
  • Receive Certification. Becoming certified is optional, but having this in your background will boost your chances of finding quality employment. Potential employers are sure to appreciate your accomplishments and willingness to pursue certification status.
  • Pump Up Your Experience. After you have completed a program and certification, you should assemble an impressive resume. Learn as much as possible and take advantage of internship programs. When drafting your achievements, keep the information concise. Write a cover letter that can be tweaked according to the organization’s job offering. ASA’s Career Services Department will help you with resume writing and interview preparation.
  • Search for Job Openings. After you graduate, you can begin your job search at your college's career services office. When you find a few possible openings, ask questions about the job environment, pay, work schedule, and anything else that will affect your decision. This will ensure your satisfaction so that you enjoy going to work each day. It is wise to choose a company that encourages future education and offers room for growth.Prepare for the Interview. Before an interview, preparation is important. It will boost your confidence and allow you to plan how you will answer certain questions. This will lower your level of stress as well. When you are calm, the entire process will go much smoother. Career Advisors are here to help you all the steps of your way.
  • Begin Your Career. After you have landed the perfect job, you can relax and concentrate on creating a bright future. Even though you may consider yourself to be an expert in the healthcare field, you should never be afraid to ask for help. It is possible to pick up numerous skills from the people that surround you. The more you learn, the farther you will go in life.

Attaining a job as a medical assistant is a big accomplishment. These individuals provide essential services and aid other healthcare professionals. At ASA College, we are ready to help you get on the road to success in this field.

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