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MEDICAL ASSISTANT, IN-DEPTH: Inspired By Helping An Injured Friend

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Saundra, a Medical Assistant, describes what she loves most about her job, its challenges, the key moment in deciding on this career path, and work-life balance. With 3 children and 2 jobs, it's difficult to balance everything sometimes. But her job is rewarding, and her kids understand that she's working to help build their futures.

School: Boston Reed
Degree: Medical Assisting
Job Title: Medical Assistant

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
National Statistic Change Location
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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
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Analytical skills, Detail oriented, People skills, Technical skills, Organizational skills, Patience

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m='12260'>about</span> <span m='12460'>health</span> <span m='12730'>care</span> <span m='12990'>and</span> <span m='13110'>delivering</span> <span m='13455'>news</span> <span m='13800'>to</span> <span m='14010'>them</span> <span m='14400'>that</span> <span m='14780'>can</span> <span m='14960'>be</span> <span m='15060'>hurtful</span> <span m='15840'>or</span> <span m='16250'>change</span> <span m='16570'>their</span> <span m='16730'>lives.</span> </p><p><span m='17920'>One</span> <span m='18140'>of</span> <span m='18290'>the</span> <span m='18700'>biggest</span> <span m='19040'>experience</span> <span m='19520'>in</span> <span m='19570'>my</span> <span m='19670'>life</span> <span m='19960'>that</span> <span m='20060'>made me</span> <span m='20150'>decide</span> <span m='20620'>to</span> <span m='20710'>be</span> <span m='20820'>in</span> <span m='20910'>the</span> <span m='20980'>medical</span> <span m='21560'>field</span> <span m='22320'>was,</span> <span m='22640'>I</span> <span m='22710'>had</span> <span m='22880'>a</span> <span m='22920'>friend</span> <span m='23330'>who was</span> <span m='23730'>hit by</span> <span m='23930'>a</span> <span m='23980'>car</span> <span m='24980'>and</span> <span m='25960'>I</span> <span m='26150'>was</span> <span m='26300'>the</span> <span m='26410'>only</span> <span m='26610'>one</span> <span m='26760'>there</span> <span m='26940'>with</span> <span m='27100'>her</span> <span m='27390'>and</span> <span m='27520'>had</span> <span m='27790'>to</span> <span m='28150'>take</span> <span m='28350'>her</span> <span m='28430'>to</span> <span m='28550'>the</span> <span m='28620'>hospital.</span> <span m='29610'>And</span> <span m='29850'>just</span> <span m='30140'>knowing</span> <span m='30340'>that</span> <span m='30440'>I</span> <span m='30490'>was</span> <span m='30650'>able</span> <span m='30840'>to</span> <span m='30920'>comfort</span> <span m='31310'>her</span> <span m='31570'>and</span> <span m='31690'>bring</span> <span m='31900'>her</span> <span m='32090'>at</span> <span m='32460'>ease,</span> <span m='32830'>and</span> <span m='33020'>help</span> <span m='33420'>her,</span> <span m='33680'>and</span> <span m='33840'>explain</span> <span m='34220'>to</span> <span m='34310'>the</span> <span m='34390'>doctors</span> <span m='34760'>what's</span> <span m='35100'>going</span> <span m='35400'>on</span> <span m='35560'>with</span> <span m='35690'>her, it</span> <span m='35960'>was</span> <span m='36160'>like,</span> <span m='36530'>this</span> <span m='36710'>is</span> <span m='36830'>what</span> <span m='36960'>I</span> <span m='37040'>want</span> <span m='37270'>to</span> <span m='37360'>do.</span> <span m='37650'>I'm</span> <span m='37820'>helping</span> <span m='38130'>people,</span> <span m='38930'>I'm</span> <span m='39080'>saving</span> <span m='39430'>lives</span> <span m='39900'>and</span> <span m='40030'>I'm</span> <span m='40140'>changing</span> <span m='40500'>lives.</span> </p><p><span m='41702'>Is it</span> <span m='42100'>hard</span> <span m='42300'>getting</span> <span m='42360'>a job,</span> <span m='42690'>what</span> <span m='43100'>I</span> <span m='43360'>do?</span> <span m='44090'>No.</span> <span m='44880'>I</span> <span m='45110'>feel</span> <span m='45370'>that</span> <span m='45510'>there's</span> <span m='46560'>lots</span> <span m='46940'>of</span> <span m='47010'>different</span> <span m='47300'>avenues</span> <span m='47920'>in</span> <span m='48050'>the</span> <span m='48130'>medical</span> <span m='48440'>field,</span> <span m='48880'>and</span> <span m='49000'>it's</span> <span m='49720'>something</span> <span m='50120'>that's</span> <span m='50340'>never</span> <span m='50640'>going</span> <span m='50940'>away.</span> <span m='51450'>Someone's</span> <span m='51810'>always</span> <span m='52260'>going</span> <span m='52370'>to</span> <span m='52450'>need</span> <span m='52630'>medical</span> <span m='52940'>help.</span> <span m='54370'>So</span> <span m='54490'>I</span> <span m='54590'>don't</span> <span m='54890'>think</span> <span m='55060'>it's</span> <span m='55220'>hard.</span> </p><p><span m='55660'>I</span> <span m='55750'>just</span> <span m='55960'>think</span> <span m='56220'>it's</span> <span m='56450'>challenging</span> <span m='57150'>dealing</span> <span m='57480'>with</span> <span m='57610'>different</span> <span m='57910'>terminologies,</span> <span m='60410'>different</span> <span m='60720'>lessons</span> <span m='61080'>that</span> <span m='61220'>you</span> <span m='61310'>have</span> <span m='61470'>to</span> <span m='61580'>learn,</span> <span m='62020'>different</span> <span m='62270'>ways</span> <span m='62520'>of</span> <span m='62580'>dealing</span> <span m='62880'>with</span> <span m='63050'>people.</span> <span m='64069'>But</span> <span m='64280'>as</span> <span m='64430'>far</span> <span m='64690'>as,</span> <span m='64949'>hard</span> <span m='65209'>getting</span> <span m='65680'>a</span> <span m='65935'>job?</span> <span m='66190'>No,</span> <span m='66420'>because</span> <span m='66580'>there's</span> <span m='66950'>different</span> <span m='67290'>avenues,</span> <span m='67790'>whether</span> <span m='67890'>it's</span> <span m='68120'>medical</span> <span m='68470'>assisting,</span> <span m='68910'>doctor,</span> <span m='70020'>nurse,</span> <span m='71550'>pharmaceutical</span> <span m='72360'>field,</span> <span m='73340'>whatever</span> <span m='73810'>it</span> <span m='73870'>is,</span> <span m='74390'>you'll</span> <span m='74560'>find</span> <span m='74790'>a</span> <span m='74840'>place.</span> </p><p><span m='75770'>Trying</span> <span m='76030'>to</span> <span m='76280'>find</span> <span m='76490'>a</span> <span m='76550'>balance</span> <span m='76980'>between</span> <span m='77560'>work</span> <span m='77930'>and</span> <span m='78040'>life,</span> <span m='78635'>it's</span> <span m='78910'>hard.</span> <span m='79430'>I</span> <span m='79500'>have</span> <span m='80020'>three</span> <span m='80240'>kids.</span> <span m='80840'>I</span> <span m='80910'>work</span> <span m='81290'>two</span> <span m='81510'>jobs.</span> <span m='82160'>I</span> <span m='82250'>work</span> <span m='82620'>Monday</span> <span m='82730'>through</span> <span m='83020'>Friday</span> <span m='83390'>at</span> <span m='83570'>the</span> <span m='83650'>hospital,</span> <span m='83950'>and</span> <span m='84250'>I work</span> <span m='84680'>weekends</span> <span m='84980'>at</span> <span m='85210'>a</span> <span m='85300'>restaurant</span> <span m='85920'>in</span> <span m='86010'>Berkeley.</span> <span m='88290'>It's</span> <span m='88580'>just</span> <span m='88850'>communicating</span> <span m='89470'>with</span> <span m='89600'>my</span> <span m='89730'>kids</span> <span m='89990'>and</span> <span m='90250'>letting</span> <span m='90520'>them</span> <span m='90550'>know</span> <span m='91280'>what's</span> <span m='91850'>going</span> <span m='92170'>on,</span> <span m='92785'>that</span> <span m='93130'>it's</span> <span m='93380'>not</span> <span m='93630'>always</span> <span m='94060'>about</span> <span m='94360'>work,</span> <span m='94670'>but</span> <span m='94780'>that,</span> <span m='95130'>right</span> <span m='95360'>now,</span> <span m='95570'>I'm</span> <span m='95690'>trying</span> <span m='95910'>to</span> <span m='95960'>build</span> <span m='96240'>something</span> <span m='96590'>for</span> <span m='96720'>their</span> <span m='96970'>future.</span> <span m='98540'>And</span> <span m='98820'>you've</span> <span m='98990'>got</span> <span m='99170'>to</span> <span m='99500'>sometimes</span> <span m='99990'>take</span> <span m='100200'>time</span> <span m='100860'>to</span> <span m='101360'>deal</span> <span m='101830'>with</span> <span m='101990'>life,</span> <span m='103230'>even</span> <span m='103490'>if</span> <span m='103590'>it's</span> <span m='103780'>a</span> <span m='103830'>couple</span> <span m='104150'>hours</span> <span m='104560'>or</span> <span m='104970'>a</span> <span m='105040'>whole</span> <span m='105420'>day,</span> <span m='105780'>you</span> <span m='105990'>have</span> <span m='106180'>to</span> <span m='106270'>take</span> <span m='106450'>that</span> <span m='106750'>time.</span> </p>","file":{"id":331314,"video_id":"2992149418001","name":"1702-Saundra-MedicalAssistant2","duration":107462,"thumbnail_url":null}});