Medical Assistant is the Fastest Growing Occupation in U.S.

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Learn to become a Medical Assistant at Northeast Technical Institute (NTI) in just a few short months. Flexible schedules and intensive hands-on learning make NTI the region's top choice for short-term career training.

The healthcare field continues to represent one of the fastest growing segments of our nation's economy. Employment in healthcare will continue to grow for several reasons - the number of people in older age groups, with much greater than average health care needs, will grow faster than the total population between 2004 and 2014; as a result, the demand for healthcare will increase. Employment in home healthcare and nursing and residential care should increase rapidly as life expectancies rise, and as aging children are less able to care for their parents and rely more on long-term care facilities. Advances in medical technology will continue to improve the survival rate of severely ill and injured patients, who will then need extensive therapy and care.

Job opportunities should be excellent in all employment settings because of high job turnover, particularly from the large number of expected retirements and tougher immigration rules that are slowing the numbers of foreign health care workers entering the U.S. Wage and salary employment in the health care industry is projected to increase 27 percent through 2014, compared with 14 percent for all industries combined. Employment growth is expected to account for about 3.6 million new wage and salary jobs--19 percent of all wage and salary jobs added to the economy over the 2004-14 period.

A healthcare career that will need to add new jobs is registered nursing. The median age of registered nurses is increasing, and not enough younger workers are replacing them. As a result, employers in some parts of the country are reporting difficulties attracting and retaining nurses. This is where you will see a dramatic and increasing need for well trained and certified Medical Assistants. The U.S. Department of Labor has projected Medical Assistant as the hottest job of the decade between 2002-2012. During this time, there will be a staggering 215,000 new Medical Assistant job openings - that's a 59% job growth rate!

For those wishing to advance their career, or want to begin a new career as a Medical Assistant, training is not difficult to acquire. Northeast Technical Institute (NTI), with campuses in Southern and Northern Maine, and Northern Massachusetts, specializes in a variety of short-term, hands-on health care programs that allow its students to train in just months. One of NTI's hottest training programs over the past 2 years has been its Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program. NTI's CMA program combines classroom instruction and off-site clinical externships to provide students with a comprehensive learning experience. And with NTI's exclusive "FLEX-TRAIN", students can customize their training schedule to match their busy lifestyle. This learning format was created especially for adult learners, and offers a high degree of schedule flexibility, increased retention rates, and more hands-on training.

The Clinical Medical Assistant program covers medical administration and clinical instruction. The medical administration portion of the training covers computer applications, coding and billing, office procedures, the role of the Medical Assistant, and more. Clinical instruction provides hands-on training of the procedures and skills necessary for assisting the physician.

Upon graduation, students are qualified to work as a Clinical Medical Assistant, a Medical Office Assistant, a Medical Insurance Biller, and a Medical Records Specialist in physicians' offices, outpatient care centers, hospitals, chiropractors, nursing homes, and more.

To learn more about training and employment opportunities as a Clinical Medical Assistant or any of their other Medical Administration programs, contact Northeast Technical Institute at (800) 447-1151 or visit them on the web at http://www.NortheastTech.com

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