Medical Assistants Enjoy Job Growth Rates In the Midst of Medication Administration Controversy

The job prospects that await future medical assistants are projected to remain strong according to an account published by U.S. News and World Report. In its annual “100 Best Jobs” report, medical assistants held the 71st spot. Several metrics were used to come up with the results of the annual job rankings. By analyzing elements like earnings, professional growth rates, and work – life balance, the publication came up with these results.

There are a variety of factors that have contributed to the strong showing that the medical assisting profession has seen this year. Statistically, the number of jobs in the profession is expected to grow by at least 29% in the next seven years. While the profession is gaining traction in terms of prominence, there are a number of controversies that surround what their specific practice privileges should include.

A recent petition to allow medical assistants to administer medication to patients has been met with a measure of opposition. A quick look at the curriculum of medical assistant certification programs yields the noticeable absence of medical administration methods. Some people maintain that the practice of administering medication should be solely restricted to medical practitioners like registered nurses and physicians.

One of the fears that have been brought up with regard to medical assistants being allowed to administer medication is an increase in medication error incidents. The move to imbue medical assistants with the ability to administer medication has given rise to a host of speculations. The interest surrounding rising health care costs has been identified as a possible motivation for the proposed bill.

While lowered health costs are something that everyone would like to enjoy, people who are against the bill’s passing state that it is not something that can be realized at the cost of decreased quality and safety in healthcare practices. Proponents state that the solution is just as simple as including classes relevant to the administration of medicine within accredited medical assistant programs.