Pediatric medical assistants typically perform the same work as a medical assistant in any other type of medical office. The main difference in their duties lies in the ages of the patients they work with. Children from infants to young adults see pediatricians for their medical care. Medical assistants in pediatricians’ offices provide medical and clerical assistance to doctors serving children.
Working With Children
Pediatric medical assistants typically enjoy working directly with children, helping calm their fears and rewarding them for a job well done when they see the pediatrician. They help prepare them for exams and in-office procedures and perform a wide variety of clerical duties, such as updating children’s records and scheduling appointments and referrals.
Training for medical assistants may occur on the job, and a high school diploma is typically the minimum education required. However, certified medical assistants who have passed the certification exam from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA), the Association of Medical Technologists (AMT) or another certifying organization have a better chance of finding a job and earning higher wages.
The average salary of a medical assistant in the U.S., as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, was $29,760 per year, or $14.31 per hour.
The 10th percentile earned up to $20,810 annually, or $10.01 per hour, while the 25th percentile made up to $24,370 each year, or $11.71 per hour. The 75th percentile made up to $34,450 per year, or $16.56 per hour, and the 90th percentile made at least $40,190 annually, or $19.32 per hour. The median annual salary was $28,860, or $13.87 per hour.