Top 30 fastest-growing jobs by 2018
16. Medical assistants
Projected increase in 2018: 33.9 percent
Number employed in 2008: 484,000
Median pay in 2008: $28,300
Education/training: A one-year certificate or two-year associate's degree program is often required, but medical assistants also receive specific on-the-job training from their employer.
Job outlook: The medical industry is expected to expand because of technological advances and the growing elderly population. As the health care industry expands, more practices and clinics requiring large support staffs are opening.
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