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Medical Assistants in High Demand?

Published: May 24, 2017 | Updated: June 8, 2020
 

Medical assistants are in high demand across the country. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, job growth for medical assistants is 23% through 2028, much faster than average. In fact, data suggest that there will be more than 150,000 new medical assistant jobs over the next decade or so.

Reasons Why Medical Assistants Are in Demand

Why is there such a positive job outlook for medical assistants? You must take a closer look at government regulations and population factors.

Affordable Care Act Extends Healthcare Coverage

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted in 2014, it extended healthcare coverage to more than 10 million people who previously hadn’t had insurance. Coverage meant more people could afford to go to doctors and healthcare facilities. Office and hospital outpatient visits increased. The ACA also increased the amount of paperwork healthcare providers were required to submit. Already busy healthcare professionals, from doctors and nurses, to office assistants and administrators, need help from trained Medical Assistants.

Chronic Illnesses Continue to Become More Prevalent

Did you know that chronic diseases account for 86 percent of our nation’s healthcare costs? There are more than 130 million people with chronic illness. Patients with conditions such as arthritis, asthma, bronchitis, diabetes, heart disease, mental health disorders, and more, require frequent medical attention and assistance. Under the supervision of physicians and nurses, Medical Assistants can help patients understand their illnesses and stay on track to keep their conditions under control.

U.S. Features an Aging Population that Needs Medical Care

The number of people over 65 years old is expected to grow from what was estimated to be 524 million in 2010 to nearly 1.5 billion in 2050. An aging population is expected to result in an additional burden on an already taxed healthcare system, with hospital visits projected to double for Baby Boomers by the year 2030.4 The more patients with consistent and growing medical needs, the more need there will be for trained healthcare professionals to serve them.

 

Have you ever considered a career in healthcare? Charter College in Alaska, California, New Mexico, Montana and Washington has a blended learning Medical Assistant program that you can complete in as little as 10 months. It even includes a 180-hour externship so you can gain on-the-job experience before you get an actual job. Give us a call today at 888-200-9942 to learn more now.