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US Department of Labor -- Provides information and labor statistics for Medical Assistant Careers. Includes: nature of work, working conditions, employment, training, advancement, and earnings information.

Doctors' offices are extremely busy places. There are almost constantly patients to see or consult with on the telephone, medical records and insurance records to update, tests to run, appointments to schedule, billing and bookkeeping responsibilities to handle, and many other duties and needs. Doctors may hardly have time to see all of their patients, let alone handle the rest of these tasks. This is where medical assistants step in.

Even if you hate going to the dentist, you can still reap the benefits of working for one. Trained dental hygienists and assistants cover a wide range of jobs in oral health facilities, from clerical tasks to exam assistance and laboratory work. All dental positions are projected to have stellar growth through 2014; in fact, both hygienists and dental assistants rank among the fastest-growing professions in the U.S.

Working as a medical assistant involves both clinical and administrative tasks in a health care setting, and the variety of positions available makes for a versatile career choice. If you are interested in becoming a medical assistant, you'll need to complete a post secondary, medical assistant training program.