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What are the working conditions for a CMA? Where is the most challenging place to work as a CMA? When are CMAs in the highest demand?

I have always wondered what is like being a CMA. Since I am going into that field soon, I would like to get as much information as I can. I look forward to your answers. Thank you.

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Good Morning,

Now when you say CMA are you referencing Certified Medical Assistant? If so, working conditions would include being in a doctor’s office, hospital etc. I don’t think there is a challenging place to work as a CMA. Anywhere you work would be fairly the same. That’s great you are on the right path to making something of your life but I would suggest going to school to be a Nurse or Physician’s Assistant (PA) (which can be comparable to a doctor but you would be unable to write prescriptions for patients) You would become a PA in less years than it takes to be a doctor but the financial reward and responsibilities are greater being a Doctor.

When I was younger, I decided to attend medical assistant school. For me I just needed a decent paying job because I always knew I wanted more for myself as I didn’t want to become a product of my environment and I was going back to college. I attend medical assistant school did extremely well at the time, but I couldn’t find a job after my internship. For me, things worked out and I ended up going into retail management, then government contracting obtained both my bachelor and master’s degrees and now work in cyber security doing very well for myself and I’m not even 30. From my personal experience, going to medical assistant school wasn’t a good decision because now I have to pay money back on a loan I did nothing with. It was a complete waste and if I would have worked in the field as a medical assistant I would not be where I am today financially, mentally and physically.

Being in CMA for you may work out and be the best career for you. But if you really want to get into the medical field I would strongly suggest being a registered nurse as you will be at the forefront of taking care of people and in that alone you will feel good about being in that setting. There is also a major shortage in nursing and job security is essential not to mention you will earn a healthy salary and make more of an impact as a Nurse. You will be great at whatever you do. I hope this helps! Fell free to reach out to me anytime

LaDavia recommends the following next steps:

Google career paths, career growth, education, position descriptions and the average salary in your state for CMA, RN/BSN and PA. An RN is a registered nurse, BSN is bachelor's of nursing and PA is Physician Assistant.
Go to Indeed and search for jobs as a CMA, RN/ BSN and PA. Look at what the job expects to fill the role and the salaries.
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