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A medical office assistant is an employee in a doctor's office that helps the doctors, nurses and physician's assistants provide care to patients. Medical office assistants receive special training from career colleges to help enhance their employment opportunities. They can be licensed or unlicensed.
While medical office assistant jobs are part administrative, including answering phones, greeting patients, making copies, sending faxes, scheduling appointments and light bookkeeping, a majority of the medical office assistant's job includes specialized work with medical and billing software. The assistant will take an inventory of all patients who come in, take their blood pressure and heart rate and prepare the patient for an appointment with the doctor.
The starting salary for medical office assistant positions is about $25,000 a year for unlicensed assistants and $30,000 a year for those who are licensed. Raises are fairly frequent, and as more skills are learned, salaries should rise.