Physician Assistants

Physician assistants (PAs) practice medicine under the supervision of licensed doctors of medicine or osteopathy, providing various health care services to patients. Much of the work they do was formerly limited to physicians. There are approximately 74,800 physician assistants employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Minimum Education Level
  • High School Diploma
  • Some Postsecondary Training
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Outgoing
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Leadership
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required

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