Physician Assistants

Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine under the supervision of licensed doctors of medicine or osteopathy, providing various health care services to patients. Much of the work they do was formerly limited to physicians. There are approximately 88,110 physician assistants employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Duties Perform medical interviews and physical examinations; screen and interpret results of diagnostic studies; diagnose patients; implement treatment plans; counsel patients regarding illness and preventative medicine; monitor patients
Alternate Title(s) Anesthesiologist's Assistants, Child Health Associates, MEDEX, Physician Associates, Surgeon's Assistants
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant-Specialist
  • Physician Assistant

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