Physician Assistant

Rukiya Sparrow

Nature of Being a Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants is a team of specialist who are supervised under physicians and surgeons. They are educated to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illness, and provide treatment.
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Work Places

PA's work in physician offices, hospitals, and other healthcare settings. Me personally, when I become a PA I would like to work in a hospital. I say a hospital because, I just enjoy being that environment full of specialist together, working together to treat whatever we need to. I also would like to experience others jobs and visually view the different jobs I'm surrounded by.

How Do You Become A PA?

Most PA's have their master's degrees. Most applicants to a PA education program already have their bachelor's degree and some healthcare related work experience. It's recommended to have some experience being a RN (registered nurse) or as EMTS and paramedics. PA education programs usually take at least 2 years of full-time study. Physician assistant education includes classroom and laboratory instruction in subjects such as pathology, human anatomy, physiology, clinical medicine, pharmacology, physical diagnosis, and medical ethics. The programs also include hundreds of hours of supervised clinical training in several areas, including family medicine, internal medicine, emergency medicine, and pediatrics.


The median annual wage for PA's was $90,930 in 2012. There is different pays for different work industries. Hospitals, state, local, and private works were paid about the same annual wage in 2012. PA's that work in the hospital was paid around $93,660 in 2012. Being a PA, you are on your feet a lot. It's a full-time job. Sometimes you are even on call which means you when your job calls you to come in at any time and you have to respond in a very short time period. PA's may work nights, weekends, and holidays.

Job Outlook

Employment of PA's is projected to grow 38% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. The role of physician assistants is expected to expand as states continue to allow assistants to do more procedures and as insurance companies expand their coverage of physician assistant services. Demand for healthcare services will increase because of the growing and aging population. More people means more need for healthcare specialists, and as the large baby-boom generation ages, it will require more healthcare. This, coupled with an increase in several chronic diseases such as diabetes, will drive the need for physician assistants to provide preventive care and treat those who are sick.

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