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PARAOPTOMETRIC, IN-DEPTH: Dealing With Insurance Companies Is Challenging

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Jennifer, a Paraoptometric who assists an Optometrist, shares what she likes most about her job, its challenges, whether it's hard to get a job in her field, and work-life balance. She's happy to get two days off per week but you always wish you had more free time.

Degree: Medical Assisting
Job Title: Paraoptometric

Job Summary: Medical Assistants

Job Description

Medical assistants complete administrative and clinical tasks in the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors, and other health practitioners. Their duties vary with the location, specialty, and size of the practice.

On-the-Job Training

None

Certification Requirement
Recommended by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
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$20,000 - $40,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Patience, Analytical skills, Technical skills, People skills, Organizational skills

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There's not</span> <span m='19310'>too</span> <span m='19400'>many</span> <span m='19790'>challenges.</span> <span m='21270'>It's</span> <span m='21410'>a good</span> <span m='21590'>job.</span> </p><p><span m='22830'>Is</span> <span m='22970'>it</span> <span m='23050'>hard</span> <span m='23280'>to</span> <span m='23350'>get</span> <span m='23520'>a</span> <span m='23800'>job</span> <span m='24070'>in</span> <span m='24140'>this</span> <span m='24310'>field?</span> <span m='26980'>It</span> <span m='27230'>wasn't</span> <span m='27490'>hard</span> <span m='27640'>for</span> <span m='27740'>me.</span> <span m='27910'>I</span> <span m='28060'>kind</span> <span m='28350'>of</span> <span m='29070'>just</span> <span m='29340'>got</span> <span m='29570'>in.</span> <span m='29970'>But</span> <span m='30260'>I</span> <span m='30400'>don't</span> <span m='30600'>think,</span> <span m='31080'>actually,</span> <span m='31540'>it's</span> <span m='31720'>too</span> <span m='31960'>hard,</span> <span m='32659'>as</span> <span m='32900'>my</span> <span m='33070'>position.</span> <span m='33430'>Now if you're</span> <span m='33620'>going</span> <span m='33890'>to</span> <span m='33950'>be</span> <span m='34070'>a</span> <span m='34100'>doctor,</span> <span m='34620'>that's</span> <span m='34970'>probably</span> <span m='35330'>a</span> <span m='35470'>lot</span> <span m='35760'>harder.</span> <span m='36160'>But</span> <span m='37860'>just</span> <span m='38100'>as</span> <span m='38220'>far</span> <span m='38440'>as</span> <span m='38560'>working</span> <span m='38940'>in</span> <span m='39090'>the</span> <span m='39570'>front</span> <span m='39870'>desk</span> <span m='40250'>or</span> <span m='41010'>as</span> <span m='42020'>paraoptemetric</span> <span m='42640'>like</span> <span m='42760'>me,</span> <span m='43110'>it</span> <span m='43230'>doesn't</span> <span m='43530'>really</span> <span m='44350'>take</span> <span m='44550'>too</span> <span m='44680'>much</span> <span m='44900'>schooling,</span> <span m='45490'>or</span> <span m='45560'>anything</span> <span m='45890'>like</span> <span m='46090'>that.</span> <span m='46740'>It's</span> <span m='46840'>pretty</span> <span m='47010'>easy.</span> </p><p><span m='47870'>My</span> <span m='48040'>work-life</span> <span m='48520'>balance</span> <span m='49170'>is</span> <span m='51260'>pretty</span> <span m='52460'>much-</span> <span m='53360'>I feel</span> <span m='53530'>like</span> <span m='53800'>I</span> <span m='53840'>do</span> <span m='54070'>work</span> <span m='54360'>a</span> <span m='54480'>lot,</span> <span m='54780'>but</span> <span m='54890'>it</span> <span m='55020'>is</span> <span m='55280'>a</span> <span m='55380'>full</span> <span m='55670'>time</span> <span m='55930'>job,</span> <span m='56180'>so</span> <span m='56510'>it's</span> <span m='56640'>eight</span> <span m='56840'>hours</span> <span m='57410'>every</span> <span m='57670'>day.</span> <span m='58200'>For</span> <span m='58400'>five</span> <span m='58750'>days</span> <span m='59380'>a</span> <span m='59470'>week.</span> <span m='59770'>So I</span> <span m='59880'>do</span> <span m='60090'>have</span> <span m='60300'>two</span> <span m='60560'>days</span> <span m='61120'>off.</span> <span m='61500'>Which</span> <span m='61880'>is</span> <span m='62220'>nice.</span> </p><p><span m='64599'>But</span> <span m='64940'>I</span> <span m='65000'>mean,</span> <span m='65239'>like</span> <span m='65560'>always,</span> <span m='65840'>you</span> <span m='65960'>always</span> <span m='66160'>want</span> <span m='66380'>more</span> <span m='66680'>free</span> <span m='66980'>time.</span> </p>","file":{"id":318403,"video_id":"2911015983001","name":"1598-Jennifer-ParaOptometric2","duration":67849,"thumbnail_url":null}});