Best Medical Assistant Career Opportunities in the US
So many people looking to become medical assistants want to use this exciting field as an opportunity for a career change. For some, there may also be a desire for a change of scenery.
The United States is a big place and it's not always easy to determine where you'll find the best career opportunities. The fact that medical assistant jobs aren’t always found in the same places where other medical careers are prevalent doesn't help either. West Virginia may have the highest percentage of medical workers, but it’s only 17th in terms of medical assistants.
That’s why we’ve broken down a pile of data to show you the best places in the US to become a medical assistant.
Medical Assistant Jobs in the Northeast
The Northeast is an interesting region for anyone interested in a medical assistant career path.
Considering the high income levels in the Northeast, it's not surprising that the nine states in the region all have fairly high salaries for medical assistants. The salaries range from $30,590 in Pennsylvania to $38,090 per year in Massachusetts (compared to a low of around $25,000 and a high of just under $40,000 nationally).
On the other hand, the prevalence of these jobs within these states varies widely. In New York, medical assistant jobs make up just 2.668 jobs per 1,000 (ranking them 43rd in the country) while Rhode Island has more than double that at 6.159 (second only to Arizona). That means there are plenty of workers employed as medical assistants in Rhode Island, but a smaller percentage of workers in these jobs in New York.
There’s also the consideration of training. You can find great medical assistant training in states like New Jersey. There, you’re close to several states with impressive job markets, so you have more accessible options than in a more isolated state.
Medical Assistant Jobs in the South
The southern United States has even more diversity than the Northeast when it comes to medical assistant career opportunities. It contains both the state with the highest average annual wage, Washington, DC, at $39,780, and the lowest, West Virginia, at $25,550, followed by Alabama and Louisiana.
So if you’re looking for a high medical assistant salary, it’s best to focus your search around DC and the surrounding states, where you can find some of the wealthiest counties in the US.
As far as the size of the medical assistant field compared to the rest of the job market, sadly, DC doesn’t offer many opportunities, with just 2.203 jobs out of 1,000 being for medical assistants. Mississippi also offers both a poor average annual income, $28,830, and a smaller job market at 2.111 per 1,000. For more hiring opportunities, look to Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Texas.