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The Type of Medical Assistant Jobs You Can Expect After Graduation

Thoughts of life after graduation can make you feel exited, happy and relieved you finished school. There is also one question about life after graduation that can cause anxiety and fear. What type of medical assistant job can you expect after graduation?  

You have Great Opportunities Waiting for You
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, or BLS, the need for medical assistants is projected to increase 29 percent from 2012 to 2022. Remember the number and type of job opportunities available to you depends on a lot of factors. For example, what area in Texas you plan to work, your certifications and particular career goals are factors in determining your medical assistant job opportunities. For right now, let’s look at the type of medical assistant opportunities available to you after graduation:  

Administrative Medical Assistant
As an administrative medical assistant you’re more involved in the clerical tasks in a medical environment. You answer phones, assists staff in the office and file patient records. Another focus of this type of medical assistant career is performing general billing and accounting. Although you will mainly focus on the business side of medical assisting, you will work with the public too. For instance, you may greet patients as they enter the doctor’s office.  

Clinical Medical Assistant
A clinical medical assistant job duties are similar to the duties of a licensed vocation nurse, or LVN. This career allows you to focus more on patient care than the administrative side of healthcare. You’re usually the first medical professional a patient talks with during their medical appoint. You write down their medical histories and prepare them for any medical examinations. Depending on where in Texas you work, you’ll probably provide minor medical treatments to patients. You’ll also be responsible for assisting physicians during medical examinations and teach patients about home care.  

Specialty Medical Assistant
Maybe while you were studying, you decided you wanted to focus on one area of medical assisting. So you completed externships or earned a certification from the American Association of Medical Assistants. Maybe you have previous medical training that could help you focus a specialty. Whatever the expertise you’re planning to use, you have the following medical assistant job opportunities: Obstetrics/Gynecology In this specialty, you’ll assist physicians with women’s health procedures like breast examinations, Pap tests and minor surgeries. Podiatry You’ll assist doctor’s taking care of patients’ feet. These tasks range from assisting with minor surgery to placing splints. EKG/Cardiology You’ll help with medical tasks related to the heart like performing stress test procedures.

Chiropractic Chiropractic medical assistants take a more holistic approach to medical treatments. You’ll be responsible for front office duties to assisting with medical treatments like hot and cold therapy. Ophthalmolgy This career involves caring for the eyes. You’ll assist with diagnostic testing and administering injections in the eye. Patient eye care education and assisting with eye emergencies are some other tasks you’ll do. As biller and coder, you’re responsible for completing the charge sheets and submitting them for reimbursement to insurance companies. Depending on the job duties, you may be a medical biller, coder or both.   Life after graduation is going to be a major change for the better, and your job opportunities increase dramatically with post-secondary education. Medical assistant jobs are multi-dimensional with a variety of opportunities depending on your certification, job setting and education. Good luck!

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What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”


Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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