• Choosing a Medical Assistant Position


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How To Choose Between Two Medical Assistant Positions

Published: March 21, 2018

You’ve completed your medical assistant training. You have skills and confidence. And, lucky you, you also have a job offer! In fact, you have two. But how do you choose which one will be the right fit for your skills, your passion and life over all?

Here are some ways to help you choose between two medical assistant positions.

The job setting: Which one offers the type of facility that you prefer? Medical assistants are needed in a lot of different healthcare settings and you may be more interested in working in one than another. Some places that hire medical assistants include:

  • Doctors’ offices
  • Hospitals
  • Specialized clinics
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Outpatient facilities
  • Urgent care facilities

Another aspect to job setting is patient relationships. At an urgent care facility, you may only see a patient once, but at a rehabilitation center, you’ll care for many of the same patients day after day. Do you want get to know your patients really well? Or are you okay with helping many different patients over time?

The location: How do the two jobs compare as far as where they are and how long it would take you to get to and from work? How far and how long are you willing to commute? Maybe one job is in a city with a stressful parking situation. Or perhaps the other is farther away in the suburbs but with easy to access parking and better hours. If you will be required to work varied hours, it might be helpful to use a tool like Google Maps to estimate commute times based on the time of day. And if you use public transportation to get around, make sure you can reasonably manage the commute.

The schedule: Does one job have hours that are more appealing to you than the other? Because medical assistants work in a variety of facilities, work hours can also vary. If you work in urgent care, you might work nighttime hours and have your days off on weekdays. But if you work in a physician’s office, you’re more likely to work daytime hours with weekends off.

Hours can vary from job-to-job and also how employee schedules are set. Your work hours and days off may frequently change in one job but be consistent in another. Decide what schedule is more ideal for your lifestyle and personal preferences.

The type of healthcare provided: Which position offers work in the area of healthcare that you find most interesting? Maybe you want to work with patients at a cancer center or maybe you’d rather see patients who are more likely to come in with issues like the common cold at a family physician’s office. The more interested you are in your work, the more likely you are to stay engaged in it and love your job, so it’s important to consider this.

What the job description is: Not all medical assistant jobs are the same. Depending on the facility, each job you consider might actually have different expectations of duties. One job might be for a clinical assistant role where you would focus on patient care. You might need to take vitals, collect specimen samples, administer medication, and assist the physician during exams. Or a job could be for a medical office assistant, which is about office communication. In that position, your responsibilities may include managing patient records, making appointments, and answering phones.

The pay and benefits: Consider which job has the better pay and benefits like health care and vacation time. This can vary widely from one employer to the next, so it’s helpful to get that information as early as you can to help you decide on the right job for you. Be sure to consider factors like what it will cost you to commute and which position offers better insurance and time off benefits. The hourly rate of one position may be higher, but the other job could actually be a net win if your associated expenses are too high.


Before you get any job offers, though, you need to have the right qualifications for the positon. If you’re interested in training to become a Medical Assistant, contact Charter College today and we can help you prepare.