Learn about the types of people who become medical assistants. This page goes into detail about the ethnic and gender ratio of the workplace.

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Ethnic Minority Mix, 2019

The largest ethnic group of medical assistants are White, making up 48% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Black or African American, making up 22% and 15% respectively.

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Employment Type Mix, 2019

77% of medical assistants work in full-time roles while 23% work part-time.

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Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2019

This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a medical assistant. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.

More women than men are interested in becoming medical assistants at a ratio of 1.73 to 1.

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Actual Gender Mix, 2019

90% of medical assistants are female and 10% are male.

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Gender Bias, 2019

This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a medical assistant and the actual gender mix of people in the career.

If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a medical assistant and those who end up becoming one.

In this case there are significantly more men interested in becoming a medical assistant than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.