Vermont – Education Options for Tomorrow’s Medical Assistants
Though the state of Vermont has a modest population, it is holding its own in job market growth.
The healthcare industry is growing, with increasing service to elderly people. Additionally, there are those availing themselves of public health insurance, since the advent of socialized care through the Affordable Care Act. [Leer en español]
Because of these social changes, facilities in every state are adding to their medical teams, and Vermont is no exception. With a 16 percent growth rate in employment in Medical Assisting alone, Vermont is a great place to pursue a career in this flourishing industry.
There are currently over 700 Medical Assistants active in Vermont today, and additional positions are opening every year. These skilled healthcare pros carry out an array of functions in various settings. Most commonly, they are found in small private clinics, such as general practices, podiatry, and even Optometry. The wages Medical Assistants are paid is based on the context of their work, the responsibilities they carry, their level of experience and education.
The average hourly wage is reported as $16.21, which is higher than the average hourly wages of all but three other states. Variations can be largely attributed to region in most cases, where larger, heavily populated cities may pay higher, while smaller, less affluent areas tend to pay less.
The highest wage for Vermont is reported as $21.29 hourly. Assistants can earn even higher wages than this, however, under certain conditions.
Salaries by Metropolitan Area in Vermont
|Area||Total Employed||Mean Hourly Wage||Mean Annual Salary|
|Burlington-South Burlington, VT||290||$14.66||$30,490|
Vermont does not regulate the medical assisting profession in any way. This aspect is attractive to prospective job seekers – the jobs pay relatively well, and there are no prerequisites. Nonetheless, those who want to advance and boost their earnings will pursue certification. In every state, physicians are increasingly attentive to the status of their candidates, and are more likely to hire certified candidates over non-certified.
For more information on certification, visit AAMA’s website (American Association of Medical Assistants), and learn the specific criteria for CMA certification. You may also wish to check out AMT ? Association of Medical Technologists, to learn about the requirements for the RMA certification (Registered Medical Assistant) which is a national award.
College and University Listings
1 Abenaki Way, Winooski, Vermont 05404-2245Medical Assisting – Associate Program
Community College of Vermont’s Associate-level Medical Assistant program is taught at their campus in Winooski in Chittenden County, VT. The majority of of the school’s 6,200 students are on 2-year programs. The school is institutionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.* The cost of tuition for students living in the state is around $6,054 and for out-of-state students around $11,958 for each academic year. Study materials can cost roughly $1,000, depending on the program chosen.
* Tuition fees and accredition status are correct at the time of writing, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (http://nces.ed.gov/). Confirm with college before applying.