Medical Assistants


Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician. Exclude 'Physician Assistants' (29-1071).


Top Industries of Employment

  1. Offices & Clinics Of Medical Doctors
  2. Hospitals
  3. Offices Of Other Health Practitioners
  4. Health And Allied Services, Nec
  5. Offices Of Osteopathic Physicians

2002 - 2003 Wages
by MSA and Workforce Investment Areas

Area Employment**
Total
Hourly Wage Annual
Mean Entry Experienced Mean Entry Experienced
Missouri 6,850 11.07 8.77 12.22 23,020 18,230 25,420
Joplin MSA 260 9.98 8.66 10.65 20,770 18,010 22,140
St Joseph MSA 70 10.82 9.29 11.58 22,510 19,330 24,100
Springfield MSA 640 10.28 8.60 11.12 21,390 17,900 23,140
St Louis MSA 3,570 11.33 9.23 12.38 23,560 19,200 25,740
Kansas City* 1,160 12.06 9.53 13.33 25,089 19,830 27,719
Central Region* 500 11.46 8.29 13.05 23,840 17,240 27,140
Northwest Region* 130 10.47 9.20 11.10 21,775 19,132 23,096
Ozark Region* 700 10.18 8.44 11.04 21,168 17,564 22,970
Southeast Region* 350 9.07 7.28 9.96 18,863 15,137 20,726
Southwest Region* 320 9.94 8.86 10.48 20,671 18,419 21,798
St. Charles* 360 11.19 9.62 11.98 23,273 20,003 24,908
St. Louis City* 340 10.99 8.82 12.07 22,850 18,356 25,096
St. Louis County* 2,130 11.95 9.77 13.04 24,852 20,315 27,121
West Central Region* 160 10.44 8.14 11.59 21,716 16,925 24,112

Long-term Employment Projections

Area Employment ** Change 2000-2010 Annual
Avg Openings
Long-term
Outlook
2000 Estimated 2010 Projected Number Percent
Missouri 7,080 9,930 2,850 40.25 473 Outstanding
Kansas City MSA 1,930 2,580 650 33.68 116 Outstanding
St Louis MSA 4,080 5,270 1,190 29.17 227 Outstanding
Central Region* 450 680 230 51.11 36 Outstanding
Northwest Region* 200 260 60 30.00 5 Outstanding
Ozark Region* 630 1,010 380 60.32 55 Outstanding
Southwest Region* 190 260 70 36.84 13 Outstanding
West Central Region* 150 190 40 26.67 7 Great

* - Workforce Investment Areas
** - Why are the employment levels different for the same occupation?



This Occupation generally requires Moderate-term on-the-job training (1-12 months)
or training in one of the following
Medical Office Management/Administration
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist (NEW)
Medical Reception/Receptionist (NEW)
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder (NEW)
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Anesthesiologist Assistant (NEW)
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician (NEW)
Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other
Optomeric Technician/Assistant
Opthalmic Technician/Technologist
Orthoptics/Orthoptist