Physician Assistant


Job Description:

A PA is a licensed medical professional who works under a physician. They are licensed to diagnose, and treat illness or disease. PA's have very advanced knowledge of general healthcare and medicine, allowing them to do multiple things such as perform physical exams, give medication, and aid a physician in surgery.


  • Must be licensed by state
  • Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE)
  • Recertification every 10 years

Daily Activities:

  • Aiding the Physician
  • Diagnosing illness
  • Prescribe medication
  • Conduct Physical Exams

Education Requirements:

  • Four Year Degree
  • Qualify for PA program
  • 2 to 3 Years of PA Study - Rewards a Master's Degree
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Beginning wages can be around $85,000 dollars to start out with, with many years of experience, the high earnings is around $120,000 annually. Average is $97,000 annually

Skill Set:

  • Hardworking
  • Independent
  • Detail Oriented
  • Problem Solving
  • Confident
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Job Setting:

Many different places to work for a PA because of a rapidly growing field.
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Outlook / Facts:

Outlook for a PA is very good, rapidly growing with many jobs available

Additional Facts:

  1. Different fields to specialize in, but have general knowledge
  2. Field growing at 38%
  3. The number of PA's has doubled every decade since 1967

A Day in the Life:

LLU Career Profile - Physician Assistant