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

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 1,2851,535 19.525 2954
United States 591,300730,200 23.513,890 12,33026,210

Job outlook

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

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 15.7910.9912.91 15.1718.1621.78
Alaska 19.8814.0916.65 19.3823.0426.49
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 18.8611.4716.16 18.7422.3125.17
Fairbanks North Star Borough 20.7616.4318.55 20.8423.0725.24
Southeast Region 19.9514.7016.81 20.1422.8424.48
Balance of State 21.9015.7417.45 20.7724.6028.83

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
1,738168 9.717.5 11.3
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation317
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation65
UI claimants previously working in occupation155
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 1,033
Number of job position postings 218
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 4.7

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

ABC of Alaska   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

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

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

Amundsen Educational Center   (Soldotna)
Professional Medical Coding

AVTEC   (Seward)
Business & Office Technology Medical Administrative Assistant

Beacon Occupational Health and Safety Services   (Anchorage)
Bloodborne Pathogens

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

Charter College, Wasilla   (Wasilla)
Medical Assistant Certificate

Galena Interior Learning Academy   (Galena)
Health Science

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

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

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

Northern Industrial Training   (Palmer)
Bloodborne Pathogens / 045

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

TSS - The Safety Specialists   (Ketchikan)
Bloodborne Pathogens

University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Medical Assisting AAS
Medical Office Coding OEC

University of Alaska Anchorage, Kenai   (Soldotna)
Paramedical Tech AAS

University of Alaska Anchorage, Mat-Su   (Palmer)
Paramedical Tech AAS

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

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