How to become a physician assistant and what’s the salary? Physician assistant (PA) was the 2nd best job 2010 in US according to CNN. The PA job looks attractive in recent years.
The BLS reports that The median annual wage of physician assistants was $86,410 in May 2010.
What’s usually PA’s do?
PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in virtually all states can write prescriptions.
According to MEDEX, PA exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.
A physician assistant requires complete an accredited PA program –usuallly passed for about 26 months. The typical applicant has a bachelor’s degree and four years of health care experience.
According to CNN, this kind of job was very demanding. It said that “Today’s doctor shortage will only worsen as boomers age and health care reform brings more patients into the system, creating a huge need for PAs.”
BLS has confirmed that employment of physician assistants is expected to increase 30 percent from 2010 to 2020. This figure is much faster than the average for all occupations.