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Physician Assistant Job Outlook

What is the job outlook for Physician Assistants?


Graduates have a bright future ahead of them. Physician assistants have been named one of the fastest growing professions in the U.S. by the Bureau of Labor & Statistics with an expected 30% increase in jobs by 2020, much faster than average for the majority of occupations. CNN’s Money magazine has listed Physician Assistants #2 on its Best Jobs in America list, and Forbes listed Physician Assistants #1 on a list of best master’s degree for jobs.

The median annual wage for physician assistants is $86,410, which is significantly higher than several other health diagnosing and treating practitioners. Annual wages vary from industry to industry within the practices of physician assistants – from hospitals to government organizations.

Students in the Jefferson Physician Assistant Studies Program develop the knowledge and expertise to practice in a wide range of healthcare settings such as:

  • hospitals
  • physician group practices
  • health clinics
  • nursing home or LTC facility
  • community health center facility

Physician assistants are able to practice in a variety of settings and specialty areas, allowing them to have more choices than many other healthcare professionals. These specialties can range from family medicine to surgical subspecialities to emergency settings. Jefferson students graduate with both the knowledge and confidence to succeed in any area of medicine.