Shift to ambulatory care drives high demand for medical assistants — 3 quick notes

Medical assistants are in high demand, and that's partly because patients increasingly turn to ambulatory care settings, according to Medical Assisting Program Director Jennifer Kroger of University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College.

Here are three quick notes.

1. The transition from inpatient care to ambulatory care has made physicians' offices increasingly busy, Ms. Kroger said. Medical assistants' training helps them in these settings.

2. Medical assistant employment is projected to grow by nearly one-third from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

3. As the aging Baby Boomer population increases demand for preventative medical services, physicians will hire more medical assistants to perform administrative and clinical duties, according to the BLS.

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