- Critical thinking.
- Active learning.
- Active listening.
- Speaking (knowing a second language isn't required, but it would be good so you could talk to different types of patients).
- Good judgment and decision making.
- Social perceptiveness.
- Time management.
- Math and science knowledge.
- Earn higher salaries the longer you work!
- Gain more responsibility from employers which gives you the chance to do many things for doctors.
- Continuing education beyond the 2-year PA program allows you to specialize in certain areas or even become a physician!
- Annual growth rate in Iowa for this job is 22%!
- National projected growth rate in 10 years is 29.5%!
- Expected to grow more than any other career in the health field!
A type day for a PA would include:
- Visiting patients.
- Diagnosing patients.
- Prescribing medicine.
- Helping doctors doing procedures.
- Doing some procedures by yourself.
- Doing tests.
- Looking at medical data.
- PA's often work irregular hours, weekend shifts, and are on-call which may turn people away from this profession.
I think this would be a great career because I love helping people. It would give me a very rewarding feeling. The medical field also interests me. Although the schooling is hard, I think I would enjoy learning about it. I know for sure I want to get a BSN in nursing. I want a nursing degree because it's a secure job that's full of many opportunities. I am actually thinking about being a nurse practitioner instead of a PA, but the website gave more information for a PA. They are practically the same job except for some of the schooling.