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According to the US Bureau of Labor, employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 114,600 openings each year for medical assistants.  Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire. The median annual wage for medical assistants was $42000 in May 2023. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. 10% earned less that $33,500 and the highest 10% earned more than $56,480.

Medical Assistants are one of the fastest growing occupations in California. Employment growth is expected because of the increase in the number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that need greater numbers of support personnel, particularly the flexible Medical Assistant who can handle both administrative and clinical duties. Because many health care employers prefer a trained staff, job prospects should be best for Medical Assistants with formal training or experience.

In California, the number of Medical Assistants is expected to grow much faster than average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Medical Assistants are expected to increase by 24.5 percent, or 24,900 jobs between 2018 and 2028. On average wages for medical assistants in California can vary from $19 to $28 an hour.

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