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15 Hottest Health Care Fields of 2010

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#3 Physician Assistants

The growing number of retail clinics in places like CVS pharmacies, Target stores, and airports has increased the demand for physician-extender occupations. Physician assistants often staff these new facilities and provide basic care. Physician assisting remains a popular career because of its lucrative salary and responsibilities.

Relevant Statistics

  • Projected Need: 29,200

    Projected Growth: 39+%

    Median Wage: $81,230

Physicians assistants must graduate from an accredited program and become licensed by their state in order to practice. Admittance into a program usually requires at least 2 years of college and some healthcare experience. Some physician assistants specialize in an area like emergency medicine or surgery. Post-graduate education is available for areas such as internal medicine, pediatrics, or rural primary care.

While physician assistants work under the supervision of physicians, they reserve a relative amount of autonomy because of their level of knowledge and experience.

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