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How to Choose Between Two Medical Assistant Positions

Published: March 21, 2018 | Updated: June 29, 2021
 

You’ve completed your medical assistant training, and you have offers for two jobs This is great news! The medical field is consistently growing and there are many opportunities for job placement, 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.

Healthcare Job Settings for Medical Assistants

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

 Different healthcare settings may offer different working hours, patient satisfaction goals, and growth opportunities. For instance, 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? It’s important to recognize your goals and desires as a healthcare professional when making a decision between two jobs. Here are some other things to keep in mind:

Work Schedules for Medical Assistants

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. For instance, 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. Consider asking what kinds of schedules are available. Some medical assistants work with a consistent schedule while others may work on rotations. Decide what schedule is more ideal for your lifestyle and personal preferences.

Healthcare Specialties for Medical Assistants

Consider the area of healthcare that you would like to work in as a medical assistant. It’s important to find a specialty that you are interested in, but it’s equally as important to understand that every specialty is met with a different kind of challenge. 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.

Medical Assistant Job Duties

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. Ask questions to determine what your day-to-day as a medical assistant would look like.

There are many things to consider when choosing between two job offers. Making sure the position aligns with your goals is only one factor to consider. You should also look at company culture, salary, commute times, and more.

 

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