Medical Assistant

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2020
52,393
declining 13.1%
Median In-State​
Public Tuition
$3,727
growing 2.53%
Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition
$16,600
growing 13.8%
Average Wage
$78,297
growing 1.41%
People in Workforce
4.3M
growing 4.2%
Average Employee Age
42.9
declining 0.429%

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The locations with the highest concentration of Medical Assistant degree recipients are New York, NY, Houston, TX, and Los Angeles, CA. The locations with a relatively high number of Medical Assistant degree recipients are Roseville, CA, Yuba City, CA, and Goodlettsville, TN. The most common degree awarded to students studying Medical Assistant is a 1 to 2 year postsecondary certificate.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Medical Assistant and the types of students that study this field. Vista College awards the most degrees in Medical Assistant in the US, but National Latino Education Institute and Allen School-Brooklyn have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Medical Assistant.

Tuition costs for Medical Assistant majors are, on average, $3,727 for in-state public colleges, and $16,600 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Medical Assistant programs are Public, 2-year institutions (419 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private for-profit, 2-year (18,500 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Medical Assistant

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Medical Assistant, is Private for-profit, 2-year (18,500 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Medical Assistant programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$3,727
Median In-State Public
$16,600
Median Out of State Private

Vista College has the most Medical Assistant degree recipients, with 624 degrees awarded in 2020.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Medical Assistant programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, National Latino Education Institute has the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Medical Assistant, with 100%.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Medical Assistant

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Medical Assistant by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Medical Assistant.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Health graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Health majors is $78,297 and the most common occupations are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Medical & health services managers.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$78,297
Average Wage in Workforce
± $812
1.41%
1 Year Growth
± 1.46%

The average salary for Health majors is $78,297 and the most common occupations are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Medical & health services managers.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Health majors.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Health majors, by number of employees, are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Medical & health services managers.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Health majors working as Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, Nurse anesthetists, and Audiologists.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Health majors are Surgeons, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators.

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Occupations by Share

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4.3M
2020 Workforce
± 50,194
4.2%
1 Year Growth
± 1.6%

The number of Health graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.2%, from 4.13M in 2019 to 4.3M in 2020.

The largest single share of Health graduates go on to work as Registered nurses (36.9%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Health by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Highest Paid

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Industries by Share

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4.3M
2020 Workforce
± 50,194
4.2%
1 Year Growth
± 1.6%

The number of Health graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.2%, from 4.13M in 2019 to 4.3M in 2020.

The industry which employs the most Health graduates by share is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals, followed by Outpatient care centers. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Health.

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Specialty Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Health majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information for those who earn a degree in Health in the United States.

The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Health is 42.9.

The most common degree type these workers hold is a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate. Female employees are more likely to hold Health degrees, and Hispanic or Latino students are the most common race/ethnicty group awarded degrees in Health (18,277 students).

Workforce Age

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Medical Assistant is from the 2 Digit Course Health.
42.9
Average Age in 2020
± 0.155 Years
0.429%
1 Year Change
± 0.516%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Health. The most common ages of employees with this major are 30 and 28 years old, which represent 2.91% and 2.87% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Medical Assistant are 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate, Associates Degree, and 2 to 4 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Health are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Sex Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (93.1%)
Most Common Sex with a Degree in this Field

This chart shows the granted degrees by sex at the 5 institutions that graduate the most students in Medical Assistant.

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. Hispanic or Latino
    18,277 degrees awarded
  2. White
    15,334 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    10,795 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Medical Assistant for each race & ethnicity. Hispanic or Latino students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Sex Combination
  1. Hispanic or Latino Female
    12,759 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    9,815 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American Female
    7,461 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by sex for each race & ethnicity of 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Medical Assistant. Hispanic or Latino Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and sex.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Countries of Origin
  1. Philippines
    198,228 degree recipients
  2. India
    81,509 degree recipients
  3. Mexico
    30,881 degree recipients
High Relative Number of Students
  1. Philippines
    5.24 times more than expected
  2. Cameroon
    3.76 times more than expected
  3. Nigeria
    3.37 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Philippines that hold Health degrees (5.24 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Philippines (198,228 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Medical Assistant field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Medical Assistant majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Medical Assistant majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Medical Assistant majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Equipment Maintenance is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Speaking, and Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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