I'm in Connecticut
(I often wish people would specify their geo locations!)
I had an appointment the other day with my PCP (I have Pertussis!!) - anyway . . . I spoke to her about my plans to enter the Certified Medical Assistant program at a local private school.
She responded positively and told me that "good MAs are always in demand around here" and that many of the MAs in that office came from the school I'm enrolling in. I told her I was having some doubts and was having some doubt about which certification would be best for me to pursue given my long term goals and current limitations.
She then broke it down to me this way: (At least in this area, Fairfield Count, CT - can't speak for any other geo location in the country):
: You're going to work in a nursing home (that's literally what she said)
: You're doing the duties of a CNA, but you can work in the hospital and will have somewhat more expanded duties (as PCTS are trained in EKG and Phlebotomy, I believe)
: You'll be a nurse in an outpatient setting (she said they don't need the expertise level, and expense, of a fully trained RN in an outpatient setting)
: You'll be a nurse in an inpatient setting
(certified medical assistant): You'll work in an outpatient setting
Of course, these aren't hard and fast rules. But she said that is the reality I will face when I start job hunting in this area.