When was the last time you were checked in at a doctor’s office or had your vitals taken by a male medical assistant? Jobs that involve direct patient care, such as nursing and medical assisting, there is a disproportionate number of women to men. These traditionally female jobs are becoming more desirable for men as the career outlook improves and the demand for medical assistants increases.
If you’re a man who is interested in the medical field, there are several reasons to consider becoming a medical assistant.
Rapidly Growing Field
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of medical assisting can expect a faster than average growth rate through 2026. Multiple factors contribute to the profession’s positive career outlook, including an increase in the aging population, changes to healthcare delivery and a demand for skilled medical assistants capable of operating the latest technology. Men are primed to take advantage of this opportunity and have the choice of specializing in administrative or clinical medical assisting.
Provide Support for Male Patients
Prospective medical assistants must be sensitive to the needs of their future patients. For men seeking health services, a medical issue is a highly sensitive matter. Receiving care from a male medical assistant can improve the patient experience. Both general and specialist practices have a need for highly trained, male medical assistants, such as primary care, endocrinology, oncology, urology and cardiology, to name a few.
Gain Valuable Experience
As the saying goes, “No two individuals are alike.” If you weren’t convinced that this is true before, a profession in the medical field will remove all doubt. Working with doctors provides a unique opportunity to learn about diseases, treatments, medical protocols, and healthcare delivery while improving caregiving skills. As a medical assistant, you’re a respected member of a medical team who has the privilege of improving the life of patients on a daily basis.
Open Doors to Career Specialization
When initially training to become a medical assistant, you’ll study a broad range of subjects such as medical ethics, health insurance, laboratory procedures and direct patient care. Once your training is complete, and you’ve spent time working in the field, you will naturally develop specific career goals as you become more comfortable in your role. Medical assistants frequently branch out into specialized patient care, such as in a hospice or outpatient dialysis setting, medical billing and coding, or health information management. The opportunities are endless.
Males are grossly underrepresented in professions that provide direct patient care. Theories abound as to why this is true, but some propose that human resource staff and hiring managers have a natural bias toward selecting female candidates. Others suggest that intentional gender discrimination is at work. Regardless of the explanation given, the fact is that until more men become medical assistants, society will continue to view this profession as female-preferred.
The Future of Medical Assisting
The feminist movement started with the goal of making opportunities equal for men and women alike. Help shape the future of medical assisting, support the needs of patients and balance the field’s gender scales by starting your path to a career as a medical assistant.
To learn about our MA program, visit our website at: www.woodruffmedical.edu/programs/medical-assistant