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Medical/Clinical Assistant

8,602 Associates's Degrees Annually
10 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#1 in Popularity (Associate's)
$34,540 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Medical/Clinical Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical/clinical assistant graduations there were in 2019-2020 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 37,604
Basic Certificate 7,802
Associate Degree 6,957
Bachelor’s Degree 3

What Medical/Clinical Assistant Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to medical/clinical assistant 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/Clinical Assistant Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these 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.
  • 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.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Skills for Medical/Clinical Assistant Majors

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

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  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Medical/Clinical Assistant Majors

As you progress with your medical/clinical assistant degree, there are several abilities you should pick up that will help you in whatever related career you choose. These abilities include:

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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.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • 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.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Medical/Clinical Assistant Major?

People with a medical/clinical assistant degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Medical Assistants 29.0% $33,610

Who Is Getting an Associate’s Degree in Medical/Clinical Assistant?

6,957 Associate's Degrees Annually
94% Percent Women
51% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
The major attracts more women than men. About 94% of the recent graduates in this field are female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 314
Black or African American 1,418
Hispanic or Latino 1,519
White 2,855
International Students 103
Other Races/Ethnicities 748

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Medical/Clinical Assistant, too. About 1.5% of those with this major are international students.

How Much Do Medical/Clinical Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

The median salary for someone in a career related to medical/clinical assistant is $34,540. This median refers to all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

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.

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Some degrees associated with medical/clinical assistant may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. 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.

Find out what the typical degree level is for medical/clinical assistant careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 10.6%
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) 66.9%
Some College Courses 7.1%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 18.4%

Online Medical/Clinical Assistant Programs

In 2019-2020, 1,216 schools offered a medical/clinical assistant 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) 889 19
Certificate (2-4 Years) 7 0
Associate’s Degree 482 22
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 0 0
Master’s Degree 1 0
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Medical/Clinical Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a medical/clinical assistant grad is $34,540 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

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Major Number of Grads
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 6,922
Physical Therapy Assistant 5,902
Other Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services 3,622
Occupational Therapist Assistant 3,617
Emergency Care Attendant (EMT Ambulance) 3,114
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Assistant 787
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant 427
Anesthesiologist Assistant 321
Speech-Language Pathology Assistant 179
Radiologist Assistant 142
Pathology/Pathologist Assistant 134
Lactation Consultant 33
Chiropractic Assistant/Technician 0

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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