When the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity released its latest occupational employment projection information, it became evident that the medical assistant profession is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing occupations in the state.
In 2013, there were 39,506 medical assistants employed in Florida; however, this number is expected to reach an unprecedented 48,353 by 2021. This 22.4% employment growth change is expected to produce as many as 13,567 medical assisting jobs annually in the coming years.
According to the Florida Department of Education, medical assistants employed across the state are earning an average hourly wage $13.76 and an average median wage of $13.55. However, medical assistants can greatly contribute to their earning potentials by accumulating experience prior to entering the field.
In fact, studies by the Florida Department of Education found that more experienced medical assistants earned an average hourly wage of $17.85.
Recent findings by the Florida Department of Education show that medical assistants working in the state are earning an average annual salary of $28,620. However, salaried workers often use previous experience to augment higher salary offers from future employers.
For example, the Florida Department of Education found that medical assistants that enhanced their marketability through accrued experience command an average annual salary of $37,130.
In 2013, the United State’s Bureau of Labor Statistics found the following wage and salary information for medical assistants according to region in Florida: