Job Outlook 
(Source: 2000-2001 Occupational Outlook Handbook)


Medical assistants held about 252,000 jobs in 1998. Sixty-five percent were in physicians' offices, and 14 percent were in offices of other health practitioners such as chiropractors, optometrists, and podiatrists. The rest were in hospitals, nursing homes, and other health care facilities.


Employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2008 as the health services industry expands due to technological advances in medicine, and a growng and aging population. It is one of the fastest growing occupations.


The earnings of medical assistants vary depending on experience, skill level, and location. Median annual earnings of medical assistants were $20,680 in 1998. The middle 50 percent earned between $17,020 and $24,340 a year. The lowest 10 percent earned more than $28,640 a year. 

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Karen Coffey
Associate Professor for EOC
  Source:  2000-2001 Occupational Outlook Handbook.

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