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10 Best-Paying Jobs with a Bachelor's Degree

10 Best-Paying Jobs with a Bachelor's Degree

Georgia Price / AllHealthcare and Bureau of Labor Statistics

Physician Assistant

Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. They should not be confused with Medical assistants, who perform routine clinical and clerical tasks. PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive health care services, as delegated by a physician. Working as members of the health care team, they take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and x rays, and make diagnoses. They also treat minor injuries, by suturing, splinting, and casting. PAs record progress notes, instruct and counsel patients, and order or carry out therapy. In 48 States and the District of Columbia, physician assistants may prescribe some medications. In some establishments, a PA is responsible for managerial duties, such as ordering medical supplies or equipment and supervising technicians and assistants.

Median Salary: $74,890

Projected Need (2016): 27,000

Projected Growth: 27%

Job Outlook: Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average as health care establishments increasingly use physician assistants to contain costs. Job opportunities for PAs should be good, particularly in rural and inner city clinics, as these settings typically have difficulty attracting physicians.



More Resources:


Quiz: Would You Pass the PANCE (Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam)?
Career Guide: Physician Assistant
Quiz: What’s Your Healthcare Dream Job?

Bonus: Visit the Administrative Health Careers Page

Information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics


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