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891 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
489 Master's Degrees Annually
#168 in Popularity
$47,450 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Allied Health Services Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many allied health and medical assisting services graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Undergraduate Certificate 51,730
Associate’s Degree 30,559
Basic Certificate 20,795
Bachelor’s Degree 892
Master’s Degree 489

What Allied Health Services Majors Need to Know

People with careers related to medical assisting were asked what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important for their jobs. They weighted these areas on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the highest.

Knowledge Areas for Medical Assisting Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in medical assisting should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Skills for Medical Assisting Majors

medical assisting majors are found most commonly in careers in which the following skills are important:

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  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Abilities for Medical Assisting Majors

As a medical assisting major, you will find yourself needing the following abilities:

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  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

What Can You Do With a Allied Health Services Major?

People with a medical assisting degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Ambulance Drivers and Attendants, Except Emergency Medical Technicians 22.0% $25,750
Anesthesiologist Assistants 37.4% $108,610
Health Specialties Professors 25.9% $97,370
Healthcare Support Workers 11.7% $37,830
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians 14.0% NA
Medical Assistants 29.0% $33,610
Occupational Therapy Assistants 29.0% $60,220
Pharmacy Technicians 11.8% $32,700
Physical Therapist Assistants 31.1% $58,040
Radiologic Technicians 19.6% $42,920
Speech-Language Pathology Assistants 11.7% $37,830
Surgical Technologists 11.7% $47,300
Veterinary Technologists and Technicians 20.0% $34,420

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Allied Health Services?

892 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
85% Percent Women
26% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 891 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in allied health and medical assisting services in 2018, making it rank #168 in popularity. This major is dominated by women with about 85% of recent graduates being female.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of medical assisting majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Medical Assisting Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 24
Black or African American 45
Hispanic or Latino 126
White 625
International Students 6
Other Races/Ethnicities 66

Geographic Diversity

Medical Assisting appeals to people across the globe. About 0.7% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • Saudi Arabia
  • Canada
  • Jamaica
  • China
  • South Korea

How Much Do Allied Health Services Majors Make?

Bachelor’s Degree Starting Salary

The U.S. Department of Education found that students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a bachelor’s degree in allied health and medical assisting services made a median starting salary of $28,900 per year. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $26,800 (25th percentile) and $32,250 (75th percentile).

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We don’t know for sure if all of these people took jobs related to medical assisting so take that into consideration.

Salaries According to BLS

Medical Assisting majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $34,540 to $57,750 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some degrees associated with medical assisting may require an advanced degree, while others may not even require a bachelor’s in the field. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to medical assisting have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 0.6%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 14.3%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 15.5%
Some College Courses 6.0%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 41.8%
Bachelor’s Degree 10.3%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 2.3%
Master’s Degree 6.8%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.1%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 0.8%
Doctoral Degree 1.3%
Post-Doctoral Training 1.0%

Online Allied Health Services Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 1,875 schools offered some type of allied health and medical assisting services program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 770 31
Certificate (1-2 years) 1,507 58
Certificate (2-4 Years) 13 0
Associate’s Degree 1,697 101
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 770 31
Master’s Degree 20 2
Post-Master’s 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 1 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Allied Health Services Worth It?

The median salary for a medical assisting grad is $47,450 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 19% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $151,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to medical assisting.

Major Number of Grads
Nursing 293,633
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 90,916
Health & Medical Administrative Services 87,058
Allied Health Professions 86,125
Public Health 34,089
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 28,068
Dental Support Services 27,155
Mental & Social Health Services 26,783
Health Sciences & Services 24,436
Communication Sciences 21,520
Pharmacy/Pharmaceutical Sciences 19,962
Medicine 19,418
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 19,295
Somatic Bodywork & Therapeutic Services 15,451
Health/Medical Prep Programs 11,807
Other Health Professions 8,426
Dentistry 6,518
Osteopathic Medicine 6,392
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 6,056
Health Aids/Attendants/Orderlies 3,875
Alternative Medicine & Systems 3,481
Veterinary Medicine 3,175
Chiropractic 2,503
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 1,714
Optometry 1,674
Medical Illustration & Informatics 1,608
Ophthalmic & Optometric Support Services 1,089
Veterinary Biomedical & Clinical Services 804
Medical Science 738
Podiatry 543
Bioethics/Medical Ethics 535
Movement & Mind-Body Therapies 373
Alternative Medical Support Services 244
Energy & Biologically Based Therapies 73

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