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20,630 Associate's Degrees Annually
795 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#2 in Popularity (Associate's)
$47,450 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Allied Health Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many allied health and medical assisting services graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 44,973
Associate Degree 20,673
Basic Certificate 17,589
Bachelor’s Degree 795

What Allied Health Services Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, medical assisting majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Assisting Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in medical assisting should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Medical Assisting Majors

A major in medical assisting prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • 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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Medical Assisting Majors

A major in medical assisting will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • 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.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Allied Health Services Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with medical assisting:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians 22.0% $25,750
Healthcare Support Workers 11.7% $37,830
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 14.0% NA
Medical Assistants 29.0% $33,610
Occupational Therapy Assistants 29.0% $60,220
Pharmacy Technicians 11.8% $32,700
Physical Therapist Assistants 31.1% $58,040
Radiologic Technicians 19.6% $42,920
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants 11.7% $37,830
Surgical Technologists 11.7% $47,300
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 20.0% $34,420

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Allied Health Services?

20,673 Associate's Degrees Annually
81% Percent Women
42% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
This is one of the most frequently chosen trade school majors. It is the 2nd most popular in the country with 20,630 students graduating with an associate’s in medical assisting in 2021. This major is dominated by women with about 81% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical assisting majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,024
Black or African American 2,486
Hispanic or Latino 4,306
White 11,012
International Students 176
Other Races/Ethnicities 1,669

Geographic Diversity

Americans aren’t the only ones with an interest in Medical Assisting. About 0.9% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Canada
  • Jamaica
  • China
  • South Korea

How Much Do Allied Health Services Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Medical Assisting majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $34,540 to $57,750 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Allied Health Services Major  ( 34540 to 57750 )
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Some careers associated with medical assisting require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for medical assisting careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 14.3%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 15.5%
Some College Courses 6.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 41.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 10.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.3%
Master’s Degree 6.8%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.8%
Doctoral Degree 1.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.0%

Online Allied Health Services Programs

In 2020-2021, 1,644 schools offered a medical assisting program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 0 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 1,339 36
Certificate (2-4 Years) 18 0
Associate’s Degree 1,330 60
Bachelor’s Degree 3 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 27 1
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Allied Health Services Worth It?

The median salary for a medical assisting grad is $47,450 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 19% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $151,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical assisting.

Major Number of Grads
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 84,270
Health & Medical Administrative Services 72,024
Allied Health Professions 69,358
Health Sciences & Services 34,199
Dental Support Services 26,277
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 17,947
Mental & Social Health Services 12,238
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 10,751
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 2,374
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 949
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 31

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

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