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Making informed career decisions requires reliable information about opportunities in the future. Opportunities result from the relationships between the population, labor force, and the demand for goods and services.

In recent years the medical assisting profession has become one of the fastest growing careers in the health care field. Not only have physicians become more dependant on medical assistants, but their services are also being sought after by hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, as well as medical supply businesses, home health agencies, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical companies.

As a medical assistant, you will be an integral part of the health care team and your responsibilities will continue to expand as the need for your services grows.

Medical Office Administration offers fast-growing occupations to people who enjoy working in hospitals, medical offices and clinics, nursing homes, and home health agencies. Those who choose these careers have improved job opportunities when they take courses in anatomy, physiology, medical terminology, and proficiency in the latest medical computer technology for managing or working in a medical offices. A specialized certificate program or associate degree is a great asset. In 2000, there were 11,000,000 workers in health care fields. Thirteen percent of all jobs expected to be in health care area by 2010.

Those who complete their Bachelor or Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in Health Care Management are prepared for health care administration and management careers in HMOs, as hospital administrators, in insurance providers, and within the government.

Health care professionals who already are registered nurses (RNs) and go on to earn the bachelor or master degree in nursing (RN to BSN, MSN) are often heading for careers as managers, teachers, and trainers. They may also work as health educators or provide direct patient care, including assisting physicians and are often managers of RNs and other nurses. RNs also develop and manage nursing care plans, instruct patients and their families in proper care, and help individuals and groups take steps to improve or maintain their health. RNs may be employed at jobsites, in hospitals and clinics, in schools, and communities.

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