Graduates of the Medical Assistant Associate of Science degree program perform administrative and/or clinical duties under the direction of a physician in an office or clinical setting. This program’s graduates are eligible to apply for the national board examination for the certified medical assistants (CMA) credential.
Salary & Growth
Local: In the region, Medical Assistants are on the 2011 High Priority Occupation List for the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Area. The entry level wage is $21,070, the average wage is $25,700 and the experienced level is $28,0201.
State: In Pennsylvania the salary ranges vary from a low of $21,100 to a high of $38,400. From 2008–2018, Pennsylvania expects to see a 23% increase of medical assistants bringing 830 job openings per year to the state1.
At 34%, employment is projected to grow much faster than average, ranking medical assistants among the fastest growing occupations over the 2008–2018 decade. During that time period, there will be an increase of 163,900 jobs. In 2008 the median annual wages of medical assistants were $28,300 and the highest 10% earned more than $39,570.2
1 High Priority Occupations for the Three Rivers Workforce Investment Area, 2011
2 Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010–2011 Edition
3 Pennsylvania Center for Workforce Information and Analysis