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Occupational Summary for Medical Assistants (31-9092)
Oregon Statewide

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Description: Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician. Excludes "Physician Assistants" (29-1071).
Employment Projections
Region Employment Projected Annual Openings
2012 2022 Growth Replacement Total
Oregon Statewide 7,691 9,744 205 147 352
Current Job Openings
Job Title Location Order Number Wage Offered
Medical Assistant (CMA) - Relief Portland 1251059
Certified Medical Assistant Portland 1251054
Medical Assistant Portland 1250997
Medical Assistant (MA) Portland 1250981
Medical Assistant/PAS Specialist Portland 1250975
Medical Assistant Portland 1250940
Medical Assistant - Relief Portland 1250905
Certified Medical Assistant - Relief Portland 1250887
Medical Assistant (General Pediatrics Medical Assistant) - Relief Portland 1250866
Medical Assistant - Relief Portland 1250861
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Wages
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Median Hourly Avg
Annual
Middle Range
Oregon Statewide $16.35 $34,162 $14.01 - 18.47
Industries of Employment
private sector only
Industry 2012
Employment
Total All Industries 7,691
Total All Industries 7,257
Health Care and Social Assistance 7,053
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 81
Occupations with Similar Skills
Occupation Skill Overlap
Dental Assistants 53%
Healthcare Support Workers, All Other 39%
Veterinary Assistants And Laboratory Animal Caretakers 39%
Licensed Practical And Licensed Vocational Nurses 31%
Statewide Employment Analysis
Employment in this occupation in 2012 was much larger than the statewide average for all occupations. The total number of job openings is projected to be much higher than the statewide average number of job openings for all occupations through 2022. This occupation is expected to grow at a much faster rate than the statewide average growth rate for all occupations through 2022.

Reasonable employment opportunities exist for trained workers largely due to the significant number of job openings projected for this occupation.

Educational Requirements
The typical entry level education for this occupation is a postsecondary non-degree award.