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Change Your Life in a Year: Becoming a Medical Assistant in 2016

Become a medical assistant in less than a year

Deciding whether or not to attend college will feel momentous for anyone. Career changers and recent high school graduates alike face the same looming questions: Can I afford school? Will this advance my career? And: Is college worth the time and energy?

If you’ve resolved to make a change and pursue a career in healthcare in 2016, we have some good news. A four-year degree is not the only option in this competitive marketplace, especially for healthcare. Not every job requires a bachelor’s degree, and some, like medical assisting, offers postsecondary diploma programs that can be completed in only 10 months. That means you can start your career before the next New Year’s ball drops, spending a fraction of the time the more traditional college route requires.

If you want to change your life this year, enroll in a medical assisting program. You’ll graduate with hands-on experience, a quality education, and a career path with incredible potential for growth.

Medical assisting in less than a year

The numbers are in, and the outlook for medical assisting in 2016 looks good — really, really good. Healthcare is booming, and because people will always need medical attention, it isn’t expected to slow down anytime soon. The world needs more healthcare professionals, but medical assistants, in particular, will be in demand in the New Year.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, from 2014 to 2024, medical assistant positions are projected to grow 23 percent. As more Boomers retire, and more practices grow to meet their needs, physicians will depend on medical assisting programs to produce more, qualified medical assistants. While there are a lot of uncertainties in this world, if you’ve got the heart, work ethic, and determination to make it as a medical assistant, chances are you won’t be hurting for job prospects. At Ameritech, we believe in transparency, so we tell all of our prospective medical assisting students in Utah about our program’s job placement rates.

Related resource: The Greatest Benefits of Becoming a Medical Assistant

Become a medical assistant — and go anywhere

You’re ideal career in healthcare may not be medical assisting — but it can be a wonderful place to start, especially if you want to enter the industry in 2016. A fast, affordable medical assisting program will open the door to a career in healthcare. Once you walk through, you can go just about anywhere.

Medical assistants possess a wide array of skills that keep clinics and hospitals running like well-oiled machines. They’re expert communicators, they’re organized, and they’re smart. It comes as no surprise, then, that there are so many opportunities for medical assistants to advance their careers. Many medical assistants move up to management roles. They become team leaders or transition into healthcare administration with more responsibility. Some pursue specialities that require specific training and advanced knowledge. Many even go back to school and become nurses, earning their BSN and master’s degrees, or radiologists, or sometimes even doctors. After you receive your diploma and gain a few years of experience, the possibilities to take your career in any direction you chose are truly endless.

Related resource: This Is What Your Career Could Look Like As a Medical Assistant

Be fulfilled in a healthcare career you enjoy

People are attracted to medical assisting because they want to make a difference. They are passionate, and want to be part of something bigger than themselves. If finding a more fulfilling career in 2016 isn’t one of your New Year’s resolutions, it could be, and it’s attainable in a matter of months.

Without the passion, hard work, and commitment of medical assistants, patient care wouldn’t be where it is today. Medical assisting is rewarding, and the people who excel the most are those who want to work with a team of experts to help others in their time of need. What’s more fulfilling than that?

Related Resource: 6 New Year’s Resolutions Every Healthcare Student Should Make

If you’re interested in healthcare, don’t wait to start your career. At Ameritech College of Healthcare, you can complete our medical assisting program in Utah in 45 weeks. If you think you might want to become a medical assistant, 2016 is your year to make a change! Connect with us on Facebook, check out our medical assisting program, or contact us directly. We’d love to hear from you!

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