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  • Clinical Medical Assistant Career Outlook

    Healthcare workers are needed in many allied health fields to meet growing demands in the U.S., both now and in the future.

    If you enjoy helping people, have good communication skills and attention to detail, like working with lab equipment and technology, and are prepared for physical work, the range of potential careers in allied health may offer fulfilling possibilities for you.

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    Clinical Medical Assistant Career Outlook

    According to, the term allied health encompasses as many as 200 healthcare professions, including health administration, health information management, and medical technology, to name just a few.(1) And according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), career opportunities for Medical Assistants are expected to grow by 23 percent nationally from 2014 to 2024, and by 10.6 percent for the State of Hawaii for 2010-2020.(2,3)

    Allied health professions fall into two major categories: technicians (assistants) and therapists/technologists. Technicians work under the supervision of technologists or therapists, who generally have a higher degree of experience and/or education. The "technician" part of the allied health field includes positions like medical laboratory technician, radiological/X-ray technician, medical assistant, and occupational therapy assistant, among several others.(1)

    Working in allied health means being involved in patient health and evaluating and assessing patients' needs, either directly or indirectly. Some allied health professionals work independently, while others may be part of a healthcare team.(1)

    Various allied health positions involve contact with patients. Clinical medical assistants, for example, may work with patients to teach them about medications and special diets, draw blood, prepare patients for X-rays, take electrocardiograms (EKGs), change dressings, apply casts, remove sutures, and collect specimens to prepare them for lab testing.(4)