Physician Assistants


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+31.3% (much faster than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Master's degree


What Physician Assistants Do

Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

Other Job Titles Physician Assistants May Have

Cardiology Physician Assistant, Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C), Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant (Emergency Medicine PA), Family Practice Physician Assistant, Orthopaedic Physician Assistant, Orthopedic Physician Assistant, Physician Assistant (PA), Physician's Assistant, Surgical Critical Care Physician Assistant (Surgical Critical Care PA), Surgical Physician Assistant (Surgical PA)

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Physician Assistant ,

Hoag Hospital Emergency Department

It varies. If I’m in triage, then I’m sorting patients by their acuity or how sick they are. In just a couple of minutes, I listen to what their complaint is and try to get to the root of what is causing that problem. I figure out what testing they’re going to need and anticipate what other providers would want as far as results. It’s mainly managing and determining what a patient needs during their visit.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
  • Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
  • Obtain, compile, and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes, and results of physical examination.

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