Atlanta is home to some of the best hospitals and medical centers in the U.S., including Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Emory Healthcare and Piedmont Hospital.
The field of healthcare is growing in Atlanta, and medical assistants are at the heart of much of this growth.
Work of a Medical Assistant
Medical assistants perform a variety of administrative and clinical tasks, such as answering phones, greeting patients, updating and filing patients' medical records, filling out insurance forms, scheduling appointments, arranging for hospital admission and laboratory services, and handling patient billing.
Medical assistants usually work in offices for physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health providers.
According to the most recent numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly 62 percent of medical assistants work in physician offices, 12 percent work in public and private hospitals, including inpatient and outpatient facilities; and 11 percent work in offices of other health practitioners, such as chiropractors, optometrists, and podiatrists. The number of outpatient facilities is growing, and the number of medical assistants required there will increase accordingly.
Education and Training
Some medical assistants are trained on the job, but many receive a certificate, diploma, or associate's degree from a 1- or 2-year program at a vocational school or community college.
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