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by SJVC on January 5, 2017 · 9:00 am
Working in health care can be emotionally and physically challenging, but it can also be incredibly rewarding and satisfying. Medical assisting is no different than other health care careers in this regard. But before you decide it may be too hard of a career for you, review this article to learn more about one of the fastest-growing health care jobs: Medical Assisting.
For some, the idea that being a medical assistant is “hard” comes from the perception people have about health care jobs in general. Nurses, doctors and other professional health care providers often work very long hours and can have unpredictable schedules week-to-week, sometimes even day-to-day. Fortunately, working as a medical assistant can be much more convenient.
Besides how fast you can become a medical assistant, one of the most attractive things about the position is the manageable schedule. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 60 percent of medical assistants work in a doctor’s office, which means most of the medical assistants working in the U.S. likely have a typical 9-to-5 work schedule since most physician’s offices aren’t open at night or on weekends¹. Of course, there are medical assistants who work nights, evenings and weekends, but the point is that the job is usually not as demanding as other health support careers, and medical assistants can achieve a healthy work-life balance.
As for the job itself, we would be lying if we said medical assisting wasn’t challenging—but challenging jobs can be quite rewarding in that they allow you to think on your feet and overcome new obstacles each day. The medical assistant workday also includes plenty of structure and routine so as not to be too overwhelming.
Outside of the day-to-day responsibilities, the most difficult parts of being a medical assistant are related to the unexpected clinical and administrative “emergencies” that can arise during a shift. However, it’s important to remember that these situations can seem much more stressful to the untrained eye than they actually are. In other words, after finishing a medical assistant training program, you’ll have the skills necessary to get through your workdays.
What are some of the hardest things medical assistants must deal with on the job?
The bottom line: Medical assisting can be a challenging career. Can it be stressful? Sure. But is it so hard that you should pursue another line of work? Absolutely not.
The job isn’t always stressful, but uneasy challenges can be trying for even the most prepared medical assistant. That’s why we wanted to give you some quick tips on how you can manage stress after you graduate and start working in a doctor’s office, hospital or outpatient care center.
If you’re ready to start a rewarding career in healthcare, train to become a medical assistant at San Joaquin Valley College. You can earn a Certificate of Completion in as few as 7 months. Call toll-free 866-544-7898 to learn more about SJVC’s Medical Assistant program, which is offered at several SJVC California campuses as well as online.
Medical assisting is an exciting and rewarding entry-level healthcare career. To help you decide if this is the right path for you, SJVC created a free guide outlining the roles and responsibilities of a medical assistant. Download your guide to learn what medical assistants do, why they are in demand, and how you can become one.
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