According to a recent US Bureau of Labor Statistics report, Medical Assisting is one of the country's fastest growing careers today.
That friendly lady who welcomed you as you came in the doctor's clinic, who took your medical information, vital signs, organized your medical records and prepared you for medical exam is the medical assistant. You can find them working side-by-side doctors, nurses and other medical practitioners, from large medical facilities to walk-in and ambulatory clinics.
If you're thinking about a career in health care, the medical assistant school offers a diploma program which can be taken online. It works well for working students who do not have enough time to attend regular classroom instruction.