There is a great descript
ion of the duties of a Medical Assistant at the Dept of Labor website www.bls.gov/oco/ocos164.htm
. It seems that usually they perform paperwork duties in a doctor's office.
While I think puccini914/jennifer does have some points worth considering, I also think there are some low-risk positions that would be perfect for you. (Where there are not communicable illnesses - Like in a rheumy's office!
). While we do take medications to suppress our immune systems, that's because we are *overactive* in the first place -- they don't have to wipe out every immune response we have. And what great personal care you could get working for a rheumy!
If you have joint pain in your hands, elbows, and shoulders, I could see how this might not be the easiest job to do -- but then again, name a job that doesn't use our hands! If typing doesn't bother your hands -- well, I bet most of the paperwork is on the computer.
The cost does seem a bit high to me -- 5 hrs * 4 nights/wk * 52 wks = 1040 hrs -- same as working full time for six months. So if you have to get a loan for $21,000, could you make enough to pay if off comfortably? That's probably how I'd look at it. And if you don't try you'll always wonder "what could have been"!
I'm sure you'll consider everything and make the decision that is right for you!
Be well and be happy!
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