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.

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 17.1712.4114.16 16.7319.3623.43
Alaska 21.9416.6318.63 21.5524.3728.25
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 21.6916.5118.39 21.4924.4828.25
Fairbanks North Star Borough 21.5216.4018.49 21.1524.0127.70
Balance of State 23.0817.4019.67 21.8724.1828.73

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

Health Science

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

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 Certificate

Charter College, Wasilla   (Wasilla)
Medical Assistant Certificate

Ilisagvik College   (Barrow)
Medical Coding Specialist Certificate
Medical Office Management AAS
Medical Office Management I Certificate
Medical Office Management 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)
Clinical Assistant OEC
Medical Assisting AAS
Medical Office Coding OEC
Medical Office Support OEC

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

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

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

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

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

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