Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They examine, diagnose, and treat patients.
Physician assistants work in physicians' offices, hospitals, and other healthcare settings. Most work full time.
Physician assistants typically need a master's degree from an accredited educational program. All states require physician assistants to be licensed.
The median annual wage for physician assistants was $98,180 in May 2015.
Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 30 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. As demand for healthcare services grows, physician assistants will be needed to provide care to patients.
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