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Demand for Medical Assistants Exceeds Supply

(5/5/2015): The medical assistant profession is one of the fastest growing professions in our country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Occupational Outlook Handbook” states that employment of medical assistants is projected to grow by 29% in the next 10 years. “This growth was spurred by the aging baby boom population and the need for increased clinic services,” said Kate Siegler, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College’s divisional dean for Allied Health.

According to Siegler, the growth in the medical assistant industry is creating a demand for medical assistant graduates that is exceeding supply. WITC’s Medical Assistant Graduate Survey Results 2012-2013 stated that 98% of WITC medical assistant graduates are employed in the versatile field. WITC’s medical assistant technical diploma can be achieved in one short year with the likelihood of securing a satisfying job immediately. “Clinical agencies in our area have been very supportive of our medical assistant program,” said Siegler. “They serve on our Advisory Committees, serve as clinical sites for our students and hire our graduates. Recently, many clinics have had difficulty filling positions.”

Medical assistants perform a wide range of duties in a variety of settings. “It is probably the most versatile program that we have in Allied Health, both in administrative and clinical,” said Janel Krolikowski, medical assistant program director and instructor at WITC. “WITC is a nationally accredited program. Being certified puts you in a different category.”

The learning doesn’t end at graduation.

“I worked with great doctors that were great teachers,” said Krolikowski. “Most people in the medical field are great teachers. I don’t think people realize that until you work beside them. Their knowledge is so vast. My experience was that they are all there to help people, not just the patients, but also the employees to expand their knowledge.”

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Ranked fourth best two-year college in the nation by Washington Monthly magazine, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit witc.edu. WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.