Physician Assistants

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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 98,470 physician assistants employed in the United States.

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Alternate Title(s) Anesthesiologist's Assistants, Child Health Associates, MEDEX, Physician Associates, Surgeon's Assistants
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
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Master's Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Much Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Physician
  • Physician Assistant-Specialist
  • Physician Assistant

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