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Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants or Physician Associates (PAs) typically obtain medical histories, perform examinations and procedures, order treatments, diagnose diseases, prescribe medication, order and interpret diagnostic tests, refer patients to specialists as required, and first or second-assist in surgery. They work in hospitals, clinics and other types of health facilities, or in academic administration, and exercise autonomy in medical decision making. PAs practice primary care or medical specialties, including emergency medicine, surgery, cardiology, etc., according to a legal scope of practice that may vary across jurisdictions. A period of extensive clinical training precedes obtaining a license to practice as a physician assistant, and similar to physician training but shorter in duration, includes all systems of the human body. Renewal of licensure is necessary every few years, varying by jurisdiction. Physician assistants may also complete residency training, similar to physicians' residencies but significantly shorter, in fields such as OB/GYN, emergency medicine, critical care, orthopedics, neurology, surgery, and other medical disciplines.

Physician Assistant Salaries

The 2012 median pay for a physician assistant in the United States according to the bureau of labor statistics was $91k/year. The expected growth over the next 10 years and need for physician assistants is expected to grown at a much faster rate than average. Over the next 10 years there will be 33.3k new physician assistant jobs added to the US economy, that is a 40% increase in demand

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2013 Median Pay$29k/year
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Physician Assistant Programs - Salary - Graduate Schools