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Do you consider Medical Assisting a career?

Posted by Anonymous   + Show Post
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?
Posted by Anonymous on Jul. 11, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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brandydesiree
by Platinum Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 5:22 PM
But it's a way to get your foot in the door and get some hands on experience. After a year or so there, you could broaden your scope to higher paying positions. Where do you live?


Quoting Anonymous:

Thanks. My sister's business is small; it opened less than a year ago. It's going well, though it's barely taking off so I know I won't be paid a lot. At least, at the beginning.




Quoting brandydesiree:

You have to go to school for it, so yes it could be a career. However, there us no room for advancement in that field without further schooling, and you're unlikely to ever make over $15 an hour. Receptionist/Office managers can make decent money. I did it for a few years after getting out of the Navy. I made anywhere from $15-$25 an hour depending on the size of the company. Oil and Gas receptionist make outstanding pay, as well as Brokerage firms. Medical receptionist make less, and legal secretaries usually require a notary certification.


Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jul. 11, 2013 at 5:25 PM
I live in Texas


Quoting brandydesiree:

But it's a way to get your foot in the door and get some hands on experience. After a year or so there, you could broaden your scope to higher paying positions. Where do you live?




Quoting Anonymous:

Thanks. My sister's business is small; it opened less than a year ago. It's going well, though it's barely taking off so I know I won't be paid a lot. At least, at the beginning.






Quoting brandydesiree:

You have to go to school for it, so yes it could be a career. However, there us no room for advancement in that field without further schooling, and you're unlikely to ever make over $15 an hour. Receptionist/Office managers can make decent money. I did it for a few years after getting out of the Navy. I made anywhere from $15-$25 an hour depending on the size of the company. Oil and Gas receptionist make outstanding pay, as well as Brokerage firms. Medical receptionist make less, and legal secretaries usually require a notary certification.



brandydesiree
by Platinum Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 5:34 PM
That is an AWESOME state to love in if you want to get into Office Management for Oil and Gas. My DH is a consultant in Houston and his secretary makes right at 50k a year.


Quoting Anonymous:

I live in Texas




Quoting brandydesiree:

But it's a way to get your foot in the door and get some hands on experience. After a year or so there, you could broaden your scope to higher paying positions. Where do you live?






Quoting Anonymous:

Thanks. My sister's business is small; it opened less than a year ago. It's going well, though it's barely taking off so I know I won't be paid a lot. At least, at the beginning.








Quoting brandydesiree:

You have to go to school for it, so yes it could be a career. However, there us no room for advancement in that field without further schooling, and you're unlikely to ever make over $15 an hour. Receptionist/Office managers can make decent money. I did it for a few years after getting out of the Navy. I made anywhere from $15-$25 an hour depending on the size of the company. Oil and Gas receptionist make outstanding pay, as well as Brokerage firms. Medical receptionist make less, and legal secretaries usually require a notary certification.




Anonandon
by on Jul. 11, 2013 at 5:36 PM

I don't see why it wouldn't be a career. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 - Original Poster on Jul. 11, 2013 at 5:37 PM
Wow 50k/yr. That's really good!
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM
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Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM
Thanks Stella for all your info on assisting. I really think I'm going to look into it. There is a rop adult school in my city that has a program for 4 months 1200 $ super cheap. I want to be a sahm mom to my fix yr old boy. But having this would be good if something god forbid happen to my hubby. I could live a decent life on 13 an hr. I'm not high maintence. Anyway. Thanks


Quoting .stella.:

 simple smile


Quoting Schauseil:

I figured that was the average salary. Personally I don't consider that a career. It doesn't pay much. You'll never be able to buy a very nice house or car with it. Its a job. Its a good job though and it could lead to a good career as an RN.



Quoting .stella.:


 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
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 11, 2013 at 6:15 PM
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countrymomma81
by Gold Member on Jul. 11, 2013 at 6:17 PM

I got the diploma and held 3 different MA jobs in completely different settings. I hate the work and I hope to never need to use that degree again. 

I don't see it as a career. It's a job. Unless you go back to school you will not advance (most of the time), which leaves it a dead end job. 

I understand it's not like this for everyone but for every MA I know this is the case. 

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Jul. 11, 2013 at 6:19 PM
What part of the work did you hate most ??


Quoting countrymomma81:

I got the diploma and held 3 different MA jobs in completely different settings. I hate the work and I hope to never need to use that degree again. 

I don't see it as a career. It's a job. Unless you go back to school you will not advance (most of the time), which leaves it a dead end job. 

I understand it's not like this for everyone but for every MA I know this is the case. 


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