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Medical Assistant

Perform administrative and certain clinical duties under the direction of a physician. Administrative duties may include scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes. Clinical duties may include taking and recording vital signs and medical histories, preparing patients for examination, drawing blood, and administering medications as directed by physician.

Top activities and tasks for this job:
  • Record patients' medical history, vital statistics, or information such as test results in medical records.
  • Prepare treatment rooms for patient examinations, keeping the rooms neat and clean.
  • Interview patients to obtain medical information and measure their vital signs, weight, and height.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - administer injections
  • Show patients to examination rooms and prepare them for the physician.
  • Prepare and administer medications as directed by a physician.
  • Documenting/Recording Information - record medical history or data
  • Authorize drug refills and provide prescription information to pharmacies.

About the test

The HR Avatar Medical Assistant Pre-Employment Assessment was designed to help you hire staff in this role. The test provides a whole-person evaluation by measuring job-relevant cognitive ability, personality, knowledge, skills, and relevant behavioral history. Each component provides important data for hiring decisions. Cognitive ability has been linked to overall job performance in most jobs and correlates with a candidate's ability to learn new skills and to solve complex problems. Personality characteristics determine how well the candidate will fit-in with a corporate culture. Knowledge and skills indicate how much training will be needed before a new employee becomes productive. Finally, relevant behavioral history detects counter-productive behaviors that can impact job performance.

The Medical Assistant test includes an animated work simulation in which candidates meet customers, colleagues and supervisors in a job-related context. Post-test surveys indicate the majority of candidates react favorably to these simulations. This test also contains an automatically-scored essay component. Writing is a key skill for many jobs and also demonstrates the ability to generate, organize, and communicate relevant ideas effectively.

The specific attributes measured include:

Cognitive Ability
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Attention to Detail
  • Multitasking
  Knowledge and Skills
  • Writing
Personality
  • Adaptable
  • Competitive
  • Corporate Citizenship
  • Develops Relationships
  • Enjoys Problem-Solving
  • Exhibits a Positive Work Attitude
  • Expressive and Outgoing
  • Innovative and Creative
  • Needs Structure
  • Seeks Perfection
  Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Self-Awareness
  • Emotional Self-Control
  • Empathy
Behavioral History
  • History Survey - Performance
  • History Survey - Tenure
 

Following completion, the test produces a Candidate Selection Report that includes an overall score and detailed scores for each attribute. The overall score weighs each of the factors based on research and analysis from the U.S. Government's Occupational Information Network (O*Net). O*Net represents over a decade of dedicated research evaluating the relative importance of various factors that lead to success in almost 1,000 different job roles.

The Candidate Selection Report also provides expert interview questions that help you probe critical or low-scoring areas, along with a guide for noting your evaluation of the candidate's responses. Consistent use of an interview guide is an important part of gaining better candidate insights and making better hiring decisions.

Language:English (US)
Time to Complete:40 Minutes (Approximately)
O*Net SOC Code:31-9092.00
Simulation Context:Medical Assistance and Administration
O*Net Context:Healthcare Support
Price:40 Credits (Add 5 credits for online proctoring if used)
Note:This test contains questions that are difficult to complete on small screens. A large screen device, such as a laptop, desktop, or tablet is recommended. Test-takers using small devices will be advised to optionally change to a larger screen device.
More information about this Job
Annual US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$22,870 or less
Bottom 25%:
$26,860 or less
Median:
$31,540 (Average)
Top 25%:
$37,760 or more
Top 10%:
$45,310 or more

Hourly US Wages (2016)
Bottom 10%:
$10.99 or less
Bottom 25%:
$12.91 or less
Median:
$15.17 (Average)
Top 25%:
$18.16 or more
Top 10%:
$21.78 or more

US Employment Statistics
2016:
634,400
2026 (projected):
818,400
Annual U.S. Job Openings:94,900

Top Knowledge Requirements
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • English Language
  • Clerical
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Psychology
  • Administration and Management
  • Education and Training
Top Skills
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Active Listening
  • Monitoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Writing
  • Coordination
Top Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension
  • Oral Expression
  • Written Comprehension
  • Problem Sensitivity
  • Near Vision
  • Speech Clarity
  • Speech Recognition
  • Deductive Reasoning
Education Requirements
High School Diploma:
10%
Post-Secondary Certificate:
65%
Some College:
7%
Associate's Degree (2 yr):
18%
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role who have their highest education in each category.
Related Work Experience Requirements
None:
4%
Less than 1 Month:
3%
1 - 3 Months:
7%
3 - 6 Months:
13%
6 Months - 1 Year:
28%
1 - 2 Years:
39%
2 - 4 Years:
6%
This graphic shows the percentage of people in this role whose related work experience before they entered this position falls into each category.

Alternate Titles for this Role: Autopsy Assistant, Certified Coding Specialist, Certified Medical Assistant (CMA), Certified Phlebotomy Technician, Certified Professional Coder (CPC), Chiropractor Assistant, Client Services Coordinator, Clinic Assistant, Clinical Assistant, Clinical Office Technician, Doctor Assistant, Doctor's Assistant, Eye Technician, Health Information Coder, Health Services Information Specialist, Health Unit Clerk, Hemodialysis Patient Care Specialist, Hospital Clinic Assistant, Medical Assistant (MA), Medical Billing Coder, Medical Billing Specialist, Medical Insurance Coding Specialist, Medical Office Assistant, Medical Office Technician, Medical Office Worker, Medical Technician Assistant (Medical Tech Assistant), Morgue Attendant, Morgue Technician, Ocular Care Aide, Ophthalmic Aide, Ophthalmic Technician, Optometric Aide, Optometric Assistant, Optometric Technician, Optometrist Assistant, Optometry Assistant, Orthopedic Assistant, Orthopedic Cast Specialist, Physician's Aide, Podiatric Aide, Podiatric Assistant, Podiatrist Assistant, Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), Respiratory Therapist Assistant, Sleep Technician, Sterile Processing Technician, Surgery Scheduler, Vein Access Technician, Visual Training Aide

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  • Recognize common concerns by reviewing feedback emails.
  • Offer suggestions for improvement.
  • Make a product purchase recommendation to a co-worker based on cost-efficiency.
  • Accurately respond to an inquiry about a room set-up schedule.
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