Medical assisting continues to be one of the fastest growing occupations in Minnesota and the United States—for the state, a 28.1 percent increase by 2020, for the nation, a 31.9 percent increase. Job prospects in the Twin Cities area are best for medical assistants who have graduated from an accredited program, particularly programs with certification.
According to ISEEK, Minnesota's go-to resource for information on jobs, careers and education, growth in the medical assisting profession is linked to technological advances in medicine. ISEEK: "Because of these advances, more disorders can be treated. Another factor is growth in the population, especially of the elderly. This group is most likely to need medical attention. In addition, some health care providers are shifting tasks from nurses to medical assistants. This will also increase the demand for these workers. Job prospects should be excellent for medical assistants who have formal training or experience."
Graduates assist primary care physicians and specialists in clinics ranging in size from single-doctor to large, multi-specialty. Opportunities are also present in a variety of other health care areas. More than half of all medical assistants work in a doctor's office.
Job placement rates for Medical Assistant graduates
- 94 percent of 2011 graduates found employment in the field
- 93 percent of 2012 graduates found employment in the field
Potential Job Titles
- Certified Medical Assistant
- Medical Assistant
- Clinical Assistant
Salary Data *
- Average Wage: $16.14/hour
- Top Earners: $21.30/hour
Gainful Employment Report
- Medical Assistant - Diploma 42 credits