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Medical Assistants

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information 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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
    • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
    • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
    • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients.
    • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
    • Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing.
    • Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments or materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures.
    • Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses.
    • Perform general office duties, such as answering telephones, taking dictation, or completing insurance forms.
    • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
    • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.
    • Change dressings on wounds.
    • Schedule appointments for patients.
    • Inventory and order medical, lab, or office supplies or equipment.
    • Contact medical facilities or departments to schedule patients for tests or admission.
    • Operate x-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG), or other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests.
    • Set up medical laboratory equipment.
    • Keep financial records or perform other bookkeeping duties, such as handling credit or collections or mailing monthly statements to patients.

    Skills

    • Social Perceptiveness

      Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Written Comprehension

      The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 34150/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 16.42/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 24,120
    • Yearly Projected Openings 3,330

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Cooperation

    Tools

    • Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
    • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
    • Nebulizer or accessories
    • Mercury blood pressure units
    • Hypodermic needle

    Technology

    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Accounting software

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