Medical Assistants (31-9092)

Occupation description:  Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician. Excludes Physician Assistants (29-1071).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 1,6652,055 23.482 114235
United States 634,400818,400 29.031,900 44,60094,890

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is robust with very high employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 16.1511.4613.26 15.6118.4322.07
Alaska 20.2215.3717.13 19.8423.0426.08
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 19.9214.8016.98 19.9323.1126.30
Fairbanks North Star Borough 21.4516.8118.93 21.3023.6025.24
Southeast Region 20.5215.6417.97 20.5622.9324.79
Balance of State 20.7715.9017.02 18.8922.4726.11

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,875165 8.817.9 12.3
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation380
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation67
UI claimants previously working in occupation167
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 1,132
Number of job position postings 201
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 5.6

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Postsecondary non-degree award Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

 Degree
Alaska Career College   (Anchorage)
Insurance Coding and Billing Certificate
Medical Assistant Certificate

 Degree
Alaska Med Code   (Anchorage)
Professional Medical Coder, Anchorage
Professional Medical Coder, MatSu Valley

 Degree
Amundsen Educational Center   (Soldotna)
Professional Medical Coding

 Degree
AVTEC   (Seward)
Business & Office Technology Medical Administrative Assistant

 Degree
Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

 Degree
Charter College, Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Medical Assistant Certificate
Medical Office Administration: Concentration in Medical Assistant Certificate

 Degree
Charter College, Wasilla   (Wasilla)
Medical Assistant Certificate

 Degree
Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Health Science

 Degree
Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Medical Coding Specialist Certificate
Medical Office Administration AAS
Medical Office Administration I Certificate
Medical Office Administration II Certificate

 Degree
Multimed   (Anchorage)
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) Blood Borne Pathogens

 Degree
North Star Computing   (Fairbanks)
Medical Office Practice
Step-by-Step Medical Coding

 Degree
Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Bloodborne Pathogens / 045

 Degree
Partners for Progress in Delta, Inc   (Delta Junction)
Medical Terminology

 Degree
TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Clinical Assistant OEC
Medical Assisting AAS
Medical Office Coding OEC
Medical Office Support OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai   (Soldotna)
Medical Office Support OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Kodiak   (Kodiak)
Medical Office Support OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Medical Office Support OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks, CTC   (Fairbanks)
Medical Assistant AAS
Medical Assistant CT2
Medical Coding OEC
Medical Office Reception OEC
Medical/Dental Reception CT2

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka   (Sitka)
Medical Assisting CT2

 Degree
Vocational Training and Resource Center   (Juneau)
Medical Administrative Assistant
Medical Coding and Billing