Physicians Assistant

Cierra Weatherman

What do they do?

Physician Assistants see people who require medical assistance. Depending on the condition set by the medical center, they may perform separately with little Physician guidance. In any situation, they have more medical power and flexibility than most medical professionals. Their limits will be defined by a Physician Supervisor of the medical center at which they are employed. Quite often Physician Assistant's can be guided by a Physician Supervisor by many telecommunication methods, allowing for full medical coverage even when short-staffed.

Physician Assistants can focus on a variety of medical areas. The most common are family remedies, inner remedies, medical techniques, orthopedics, and cardiology.

Education Requirements

To become a Physician's Assistant, a Bachelor degree is needed and a Masters in the field from an approved university. To increase your chances of being recognized as a Physician’s Assistant, it helps if your Bachelor’s degree is in a technology such as chemistry. The qualification must cover physician training and not nursing training. To be a Physician Assistant you do not need to cover a period of residence.


The normal yearly salary for a Physician’s Assistant is $84,326 in primary care, and $97,207 for medical areas. Additional advantages often include an extra $6,000 to $7,000 worth of pension per year.

Schools offering this job

Duke University

East Carolina Univerisity

Wake Forest University

Job Outlook

Physician assistant jobs are estimated to grow 38 percent from 2012 to 2022, which is much faster than the average for most other occupations. This is due to the increased demand for healthcare services due to ageing and population growth and widespread chronic disease, combined with a shortage of physicians. As a result, the demand for healthcare providers, such as physician assistants will increase.

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