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Medical Assistant Programs and Jobs in Florida

Medical assistants (MAs) in Florida aren’t required to register with the state, nor do they have minimum qualifications they must meet for employment. However, obtaining at least a high school diploma or GED is essential to procuring most jobs.

While certification is not mandatory to work as a medical assistant, the state recognizes MAs certified as Registered Medical Assistants by AMT or as Certified Medical Assistants by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).

Under direct supervision of a licensed physician, some tasks MAs in Florida are responsible for include:

  • Taking vital signs
  • Preparing patients for physician’s care
  • Administering non-intravenous injections and basic first aid
  • Collecting specimen for and performing basic laboratory procedures

Salary and Employment Data for Major Cities Across Florida

LocationTotal MAs EmployedMean Hourly WageAnnual Mean Wage
Source: Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2013
Cape Coral-Fort Myers1,470$14.74$30,660
Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin170$12.72$26,460
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach710$13.49$28,060
Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach-Deerfield Beach Metropolitan Division3,890$14.76$30,690
Lakeland-Winter Haven850$12.60$26,200
Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall Metropolitan Division4,730$12.98$26,990
Naples-Marco Island450$16.90$35,160
North Port-Bradenton-Sarasota1,110$15.23$31,670
Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville1,760$12.99$27,020
Palm Coast90$12.79$26,600
Panama City-Lynn Haven-Panama City Beach260$13.43$27,940
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent1,160$12.34$25,670
Port St. Lucie620$14.27$29,680
Punta Gorda380$12.42$25,830
Sebastian-Vero Beach210$14.07$29,260
Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater6,220$13.93$28,970
West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Boynton Beach Metropolitan Division2,940$15.62$32,480

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