Need For Medical Assistants On the Rise

Need For Medical Assistants On the Rise

If you’re enrolled in the Medical Assistant program at LA ORT (or are considering it) your future looks brighter than ever. With the recent changes in the United States healthcare system, the need for medical assistants is growing quickly and is expected to continue through 2022.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of medical assistants is projected to grow by 29% through 2022. That is much faster than the national average.


In the United States, medical assistants earn between $20,000 – $35,000 per year. The national average is just under $30,000.

What to Expect

You will likely work full time, Monday – Friday. However, there are plenty of medical facilities that never close, particularly at hospitals. For this reason, some medical assistants work evening, overnight and weekend shifts.


Typical tasks can include:

• Measuring vital signs.
• Recording patient history and information.
• Assist patient examinations.
• Preparing urine or blood or for lab tests.


Our Medical Assistant program lasts between 30 and 45 weeks. It includes studies in anatomy, physiology, terminology, medical billing and more. We also have two other health field programs, Medical Management (degree) and Pharmacy Technician (diploma).

Be sure to check out the financial aid information for our college degrees. Then speak with an admissions advisor and contact us today! We’re glad to hear from you.

LA ORT is a group of nonprofit junior colleges in Los Angeles and Van Nuys provide career training in short term courses.

1 Comment

  • I don't doubt that medical assistant field is growing and will continue to grow, especially with the government mandates on EMR ( electronic medical records). With many doctors and other healthcare providers being required to create their own history and physical reports, office notes, etc, when before they would dictate them and a medical transcriptionist would type them. I'm all for growth and improvement but having been a medical transcriptionist for over 30 years, I have seen recently how the record keeping process has become. Physicians don't have the time to do this time consuming part of patient care. When a person doesn't have time to do something, they rush through and mistakes are made. They will probably be using these assistants to take care of this task for them. When people wait weeks for an appointment to see their doctor, they want him or her to give them their complete and undivided attention, not someone with their face buried in a computer screen and typing on a keyboard.

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