Mature Workforce (Age 45+)

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Too old to start your Medical Assistant career?

“I am 45 years old, going on 46 and am wondering whether that’s too old to start a medical assistant career. When I visited our local community college for orientation I noticed most students are somewhere in their mid-twenties. That and going back to school makes me a little nervous.”

As to an ideal age to be begin your medical assisting career, here is what the director of a large regional medical center who hires medical assistants for their ambulatory offices has told us:

“We give preference to the mature applicant. We know from experience that the mature medical assistant brings both life and work experience to the table and is significantly better able to adjust to a given work schedule, identify with people of all ages and meet our physician’s and patient’s needs.”

With the aging of the baby-boom generation, defined as persons born between 1946 and 1964, the older age cohorts are expected to make up a much larger share of the labor force. As a matter of fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has determined that since the mid-1990s there has been a dramatic shift in the part-time versus full-time status of the older workforce.

Between 1990 and 1995, part-time work among older workers began trending upward. After 1995, that trend began a marked reversal with full-time employment rising sharply. Between 1995 and 2007, the number of older workers on full-time work schedules nearly doubled, as a result, full-timers now account for a majority among older workers: 56 percent in 2007, up from 44 percent in 1995.

older workers studyRead a case study conducted on Wisconsin’s labor market about older workers in the 21st century, which addresses how older adults may surpass the workforce participation rates of previous generations by means of their education, which applies to any given time frame, past, present and future.

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