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Do you consider Medical Assisting a career?
by Anonymous
July 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM
I've been a sahm for the past 12 yrs. I went back to school, became an MA and graduated in 2008. For whatever reasons, I have never went back to work. Well, now I'm at a point in life where I want to go out there and find a job. My youngest one will be three soon and I think I'm ready do something else with my life besides being a mom :) My sister recently opened her business and I have a chance to work with her. If I decide to take up on her offer, I'll be the receptionist/office manager. I have never worked as an MA so without any experience (other than practicing at school and during my externship), I know it won't be easy to get a job. But I know medical assisting is always on demand. Idk what to do. I know MAs don't get paid much to start. My sister and I haven't yet discussed my pay. Any thoughts? Advice? WWYD?

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  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster
    July 11, 2013 at 4:34 PM
    Bump!
  • .stella.
    July 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

     I'm a MA and yes I consider it a career. I've been with the private practice Im at since I graduated, and I've already gotten two raises. It's definitely a great career option to grow with :)

  • noahscott
    July 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I'm in nursing school and I definitely think it's not only a career but a really good one to have. They are always in demand. I'm sure you wouldn't have a problem getting a job. Good luck.. I hope you like it!!

  • Schauseil
    July 11, 2013 at 4:42 PM
    Can I ask how much you get paid. I could be wrong, maybe you make a good salary, But I always thought it was one of the jobs you got if you wanted more than min. wage but didn't aspire to too much.


    Quoting .stella.:

     I'm a MA and yes I consider it a career. I've been with the private practice Im at since I graduated, and I've already gotten two raises. It's definitely a great career option to grow with :)


  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster
    July 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM
    Thanx, I agree, I consider it a great career (thus I got into it :). It's just that I've had people tell me things like " oh, you should've gotten into nursing, instead of MA, you get paid more, blah, blah, blah" . I always tell them is not all about the money, but that kind of makes me doubt wether I went the right path, you know? I guess I'm just also scared to get work as an
    MA, since I haven't really practiced, you know? I've been a sahm mom too long, lol
  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster
    July 11, 2013 at 4:45 PM
    Gosh, I meant to quote you! My reply is all the way at the bottom. Thanx for your input :)


    Quoting .stella.:

     I'm a MA and yes I consider it a career. I've been with the private practice Im at since I graduated, and I've already gotten two raises. It's definitely a great career option to grow with :)


  • .stella.
    July 11, 2013 at 4:46 PM

     Lol, I don't mind. I got hired at $13/hr, and I'm now at $15 ( I'll be here a year next month and then get another $1 raise). I always said I'd start out as a MA as an entry level medical field job, then pursue RN if I felt like I enjoyed it. Who knows, I might go for RN, but as for now I'm happy where I am at :)

    Quoting Schauseil:

    Can I ask how much you get paid. I could be wrong, maybe you make a good salary, But I always thought it was one of the jobs you got if you wanted more than min. wage but didn't aspire to too much.


    Quoting .stella.:

     I'm a MA and yes I consider it a career. I've been with the private practice Im at since I graduated, and I've already gotten two raises. It's definitely a great career option to grow with :)


     

  • Anonymous 1
    by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster
    July 11, 2013 at 4:47 PM
    Thanks for your encouraging words :)


    Quoting noahscott:

    I'm in nursing school and I definitely think it's not only a career but a really good one to have. They are always in demand. I'm sure you wouldn't have a problem getting a job. Good luck.. I hope you like it!!


  • .stella.
    July 11, 2013 at 4:48 PM

     No worries :) I started as a MA since I knew I didn't want to work in life or death situations on a daily basis (like a hospital setting) right off the bat. Here, most doctor's offices have MA's instead of RN's so there are a LOT of jobs opening up constantly. I say you already have the education, maybe see if your school offers a refresher course :) Good luck!

    Quoting Anonymous:

    Thanx, I agree, I consider it a great career (thus I got into it :). It's just that I've had people tell me things like " oh, you should've gotten into nursing, instead of MA, you get paid more, blah, blah, blah" . I always tell them is not all about the money, but that kind of makes me doubt wether I went the right path, you know? I guess I'm just also scared to get work as an
    MA, since I haven't really practiced, you know? I've been a sahm mom too long, lol

     

  • britadams10
    July 11, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    my aunt is a m.a and she makes about 45k a year, so yeah i definitely think it's a career, i did it for a while when i was 19, i was also a phlebotomist so I made 18$ an hour

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