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Top 100 Health-Care Careers , 3rd Edition by Saul Wischnitzer, Edith Wischnitzer

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Medical Assistants

Principal activity: Serving as an office assistant for health-care practitioners

Work commitment: Part- or full-time

Preprofessional education: High school diploma

Program length: 1 to 2 years

Work prerequisites: Diploma, certificate, or associate degree

Career opportunities: Highly favorable

Income range: $24,000 to $33,000

Scope

A medical assistant is a multiskilled professional who is qualified to function in both clinical and administrative areas. This person works under the supervision of a licensed health-care practitioner. The medical assistant also serves as a liaison between patient and doctor. He or she provides guidance and personal attention to the patient to relieve anxiety. The efficiency of a medical office ...

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