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Physician Assistant

A Physician Assistant is a health care professional licensed to practice medicine with the supervision of a licensed physician.

The education of a Physician Assistant is based on the medical school model, although unlike medical school which lasts four years, Physician Assistant training is usually two to three years in duration.

It is generalist in approach, consisting of classroom and laboratory instruction in medical and behavioral sciences, such as anatomy, microbiology, pharmacology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine, and physical diagnosis, followed by clinical rotations in internal medicine, family medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, emergency medicine, and geriatric medicine, as well as elective rotations.


Physician Assistants
Wage: $81,230
10 Year Growth Rate: 27.0%
Self Employed: 1.8%
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Employed Part Time: 15.6%

Education Requirements:
Master's degree
Health Diagnosing and Treating Practitioners
Wage: $71,000
10 Year Growth Rate: 11.8%
Self Employed: 14.3%
Unemployment Rate: 0.7%
Employed Part Time: 36.9%

Education Requirements:
Bachelor's degree
Registered Nurses
Wage: $62,450
10 Year Growth Rate: 23.5%
Self Employed: 0.8%
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Employed Part Time: 21.8%

Education Requirements:
Associate degree