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Medical Assistants - 31-9092.00

O*NET-SOC 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)
  • Chiropractor Assistant
  • Clinical Assistant
  • Doctor's Assistant
  • Medical Assistant (MA)
  • Medical Office Assistant
  • Ophthalmic Technician
  • Optometric Assistant
  • Optometric Technician
  • Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.
  • Change dressings on wounds.
  • Clean and sterilize instruments and dispose of contaminated supplies.
  • Collect blood, tissue, or other laboratory specimens, log the specimens, and prepare them for testing.
  • Contact medical facilities or departments to schedule patients for tests or admission.
  • Explain treatment procedures, medications, diets, or physicians' instructions to patients.
  • Greet and log in patients arriving at office or clinic.
  • Help physicians examine and treat patients, handing them instruments or materials or performing such tasks as giving injections or removing sutures.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Inventory and order medical, lab, or office supplies or equipment.
  • Keep financial records or perform other bookkeeping duties, such as handling credit or collections or mailing monthly statements to patients.
  • Operate x-ray, electrocardiogram (EKG), or other equipment to administer routine diagnostic tests.
  • Perform general office duties, such as answering telephones, taking dictation, or completing insurance forms.
  • Perform routine laboratory tests and sample analyses.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Schedule appointments for patients.
  • Set up medical laboratory equipment.
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Apply bandages, dressings, or splints.
  • Assess physical conditions of patients to aid in diagnosis or treatment.
  • Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures.
  • Clean medical equipment.
  • Clean patient rooms or patient treatment rooms.
  • Collect biological specimens from patients.
  • Conduct diagnostic tests to determine patient health.
  • Control prescription refills or authorizations.
  • Dispose of biomedical waste in accordance with standards.
  • Explain technical medical information to patients.
  • Give medications or immunizations.
  • Interview patients to gather medical information.
  • Inventory medical supplies or equipment.
  • Operate medical equipment.
  • Perform clerical work in medical settings.
  • Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
  • Prepare patient treatment areas for use.
  • Process medical billing information.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Aeromedical Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aeromedical Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aeromedical Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aeromedical Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aeromedical Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aeromedical Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Physiology Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dermatology Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hemodialysis Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hospitalman (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospitalman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Hospitalman Recruit (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Ocular Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Apprentice, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Craftsman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Helper, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Optometry Journeyman, Ophthalmology (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Otolaryngology Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Urology Technician (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Medical Assistant
  • Podiatric Assistant

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Chiropractor Assistant
  • Medical Assistant
  • Podiatric Assistant