Career Opportunities

MA Jobs Are In Demand!

MAs are one of the fastest growing occupations in California, and especially in Sonoma County. Employment growth is expected because of the aging baby boom population, current working MAs that are nearing retirement age, and the increase in the number of group practices, clinics, and other healthcare facilities that need greater numbers of support personnel. Because many health care employers prefer a trained staff, job prospects are best for MAs with formal training or experience, and for those who are certified.

MA Graduates From SRJC Often Pursue Higher Education

Students who complete the MA program at SRJC often go on to pursue education as a licensed vocational nurse (LVN) or registered nurse (RN). Students who complete the MA program with an associates degree, often work as an MA while at the same time pursuing a bachelor’s degree or higher.

Average Wages:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Statistics (2015), the median annual wage for MAs across the United States was $30,590 in May 2015.

According to the State of California, Employment Development Department (2015), the median wage in 2015 for MAs in California was $34,089 annually, or $16.39 hourly.

According to the State of California, Employment Development Department (2015), the median wage for MAs in Sonoma County was $43,377 annually, or $20.86 hourly.

(The median is the point at which half of the workers earn more, and half earn less.)

Source: State of California, Employment Development Department. (2015). Medical assistants in California. Retrieved from: http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/OccGuides/detail.aspx?Soccode=319092&Geography=0604000097

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (2015). Medical assistants. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition. Retrieved from: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

Job Outlook for for MAs in the United States:

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (2015), employment of medical assistants is projected to grow 23 percent from 2014 to 2024 - much faster than the average for all occupations.

The growth of the aging baby-boom population will continue to increase demand for preventive medical services, which are often provided by physicians. As their practices expand, physicians will hire more assistants to perform routine administrative and clinical duties, allowing the physicians to see more patients.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor (2015). Medical assistants. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-2017 Edition. Retrieved from: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/medical-assistants.htm

Job Outlook for MAs in California:

According to the State of California, Employment Development Department (2015), the number of Medical Assistants in California is expected to grow much faster than average growth rate for all occupations. Jobs for Medical Assistants are expected to increase by 27.7 percent, or 22,400 jobs between 2014 and 2024. An average of 2,230 new job openings per year is expected for Medical Assistants, plus an additional 1,690 job openings due to net replacement needs, resulting in a total of 3,920 job openings.

Source: State of California, Employment Development Department. (2015). Medical assistants in California. Retrieved from: http://www.labormarketinfo.edd.ca.gov/OccGuides/detail.aspx?Soccode=319092&Geography=0604000097

Job Outlook for MAs in the San Francisco Bay Area:

According to the California Community Colleges (2014), in the San Francisco Bay region (North Bay, East Bay, Silicon Valley, Santa Cruz & Monterey Bay) there are approximately 5,450 MA jobs in the ambulatory and residential care subsectors. Over a 12-month period (Apr 2014 to Mar 2015), employers in these subsectors will need to fill over 1,080 openings created by new job growth and replacement needs.

Source: California Community Colleges, Centers of Excellence. (2014). Medical assistants in the San Francisco Bay Region. Retrieved from: http://www2.santarosa.edu/f/?nANPAEOv