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Health Management/Clinical Assistant

261 Associates's Degrees Annually
102 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
#97 in Popularity (Associate's)
$59,340 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Health Management/Clinical Assistant Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist graduations there were in 2020-2021 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 699
Associate Degree 279
Bachelor’s Degree 102
Basic Certificate 96

What Health Management/Clinical Assistant Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist 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/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • 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.
  • 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/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist Majors

The following list of skills has been highlighted as some of the most essential for careers related to medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist:

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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.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others’ actions.
  • Time Management - Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

Abilities for Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist Majors

Some of the most crucial abilities to master while a medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist student include the following:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

What Can You Do With a Health Management/Clinical Assistant Major?

People with a medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
First-Line Supervisors of Office and Administrative Support Workers 3.4% $55,810

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

279 Associate's Degrees Annually
94% Percent Women
37% 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/health management and clinical assistant/specialist majors is as follows:

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Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 3
Black or African American 55
Hispanic or Latino 35
White 165
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 21

How Much Do Health Management/Clinical Assistant Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Medical/Health Management and Clinical Assistant/Specialist majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $59,340 to $106,050 (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 a Health Management/Clinical Assistant Major  ( 59340 to 106050 )
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Median Salary for a High School Graduate  ( 30000 to 57900 )
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Median Salary for a Bachelor's Degree Holder  ( 45600 to 99000 )
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Median Salary for an Advanced Degree Holder  ( 55600 to 125400 )
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Some careers associated with medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist 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.

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

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 28.7%
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) 7.1%
Some College Courses 16.6%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 10.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 34.6%
Master’s Degree 2.7%
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. 0.0%
Doctoral Degree 0.0%

Online Health Management/Clinical Assistant Programs

In 2020-2021, 35 schools offered a medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist 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) 7 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 15 0
Bachelor’s Degree 2 1
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 Health Management/Clinical Assistant Worth It?

The median salary for a medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist grad is $59,340 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 49% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $388,800 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical/health management and clinical assistant/specialist.

Major Number of Grads
Health Care Management 16,886
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder 10,149
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 9,623
Medical Insurance Specialist/Medical Biller 8,186
Medical Administrative/Executive Assistant & Medical Secretary 8,049
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 4,893
Medical Office Management/Administration 3,555
Hospital & Health Care Facilities Administration/Management 3,088
Health Information Management 2,688
Other Health & Medical Administrative Services 1,870
Medical Reception/Receptionist 781
Long Term Care Administration/Management 275
Medical Office Computer Specialist/Assistant 224
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist 198
Clinical Research Coordinator 127
Health Unit Coordinator/Ward Clerk 94
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician 23
Health Unit Manager/Ward Supervisor 20
Health/Medical Claims Examiner 15
Disease Registry Data Management 8

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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