Physician Assistants

General Information

Description

Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

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Business Breakdown

People in this career work in these sectors.

  1. Private, for profit59.56%
  2. Private, not for profit27.02%
  3. State and local government4.97%
  4. Self-employed4.78%
  5. Federal government3.61%

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 31 percent from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations. About 12,200 openings for physician assistants are projected each year, on average, over the decade. Many of those openings are expected to result from the need to replace workers who transfer to different occupations or exit the labor force, such as to retire.

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Salary

Average Salary

Salary

$115,390

Military salary*

$119,593

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State-by-state Salary

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$140,340
$85,200
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Education

Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Master's degree 81%
  • First professional degree 13%
  • Bachelor's degree 5%
  • High school 0%
  • Some college 0%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Associate's degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • Post-secondary certificate 0%

Related College Majors

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Knowledge

  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Psychology
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Biology
  • Customer and Personal Service

Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
  • Equipment operation & maintenance
  • Math & science skills
  • Technology design & control
  • Leadership
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