Cast Your Vote:

    • Medical Assistant Billing -- Votes: 3
    • Pharmacy Technician -- Votes: 24
Which career? **POLL** m0mma.meuyna__ 2 kids; Elk Grove, California 282 posts
Apr 24th '13

I am just wondering, which career would be better to invest my time, energy, & money into. I plan on going back to community college in Fall of 2013 and I haven't made up my mind on which major to pursue.

Medical Assistant Billing- I like because I could work at home and not have to pay for child care. My only problem with this is that I don't want to invest so much and not get a job out of it. I read that most billing & coding jobs are being sent to different countries and soon there will be no need for them?

Pharmacy Technician- I also like because it's like the backstage part of the medical field. And, if I get into this I might even try to go farther and pursue a career as a Pharmacist which will cost a dang butt-load of money.

Overall, I need advice on choosing a career that will pay comfortably, in the medical field, and where I don't have to interact with too much people. I am not a very social person, I like to stick to myself and work independently.

T.I.A :)

Good Queen Bess Due December 27; 2 kids; Ontario 49564 posts
Apr 24th '13

Pharmacy Tech...definitely.

Better shot at getting a job, chances for advancement, more stability.

Smash Fins ; 2 kids; Denver, Colorado 1479 posts
Apr 24th '13

I don't know about California but here in Colorado medical assistant billing is a dying field. You can not find a job here ANYWHERE for it.

user banned Due September 14 (boy); 1 child; Rhode Island 6726 posts
Apr 24th '13

Neither. I was a pharmacy technician, and I made crap for money $11 an hour. You don't need a certificate to be a pharmacy tech (I didn't have one and neither did my mom - I was a pharmacy tech at rite aid and my mom was one at CVS). So don't waste your money paying for school for something you don't need. My starting pay was the same as those who got their certificate...

You can't really advance up as a pharmacy tech either. To become a pharmacist you need like 8 years of schooling and ass load of money.

Honestly I don't know much about coding or billing but its not something I'd want to do.

~Nanin~ Due April 28 (boy); 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Colorado Springs, Co, United States 1036 posts
Apr 24th '13

My sister has a medical billing and coding degree and has been job hunting for....2 years. No call for it anynore

Dovahkiin 1 child; 1 angel baby; Kentucky 16776 posts
Apr 24th '13

Whatever your gut/heart tells you.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
Apr 24th '13

MABs are a dime a dozen. A few of my friends who did the program had to do something else because they can't find work.