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28,585 Associate's Degrees Annually
1,271 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#1 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 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 48,726
Associate’s Degree 28,714
Basic Certificate 20,455

What Allied Health Services Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to medical assisting were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Assisting Majors

Medical Assisting majors often go into careers in which the following knowledge areas are important:

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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

When studying medical assisting, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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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?

28,714 Associate's Degrees Annually
84% Percent Women
41% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is one of the most frequently chosen trade school majors. It is the 1st most popular in the country with 28,585 students graduating with an associate’s in medical assisting in 2019. The major attracts more women than men. About 84% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Assisting Students with Associate's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 1,316
Black or African American 3,320
Hispanic or Latino 5,875
White 15,645
International Students 212
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,346

Geographic Diversity

Medical Assisting appeals to people across the globe. About 0.7% 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

Average salaries range from $34,540 to $57,750 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to medical assisting. 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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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with medical assisting require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to medical assisting have obtained the following education levels.

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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 the 2018-2019 academic year, 1,741 schools offered some type of allied health and medical assisting services program. 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) 754 36
Certificate (1-2 years) 1,367 47
Certificate (2-4 Years) 16 0
Associate’s Degree 1,575 88
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 754 36
Master’s Degree 23 3
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 93,192
Allied Health Professions 86,697
Health & Medical Administrative Services 82,868
Mental & Social Health Services 27,743
Dental Support Services 26,183
Health Sciences & Services 25,948
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,354
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 11,961
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,251
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,044
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

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