Physician assistants held about 74,800 jobs in 2008. The number of jobs is
greater than the number of practicing PAs because some hold two or more jobs.
For example, some PAs work with a supervising physician but also work in another
healthcare facility. According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants,
about 15 percent of actively practicing PAs worked in more than one clinical job
concurrently in 2008.
More than 53 percent of jobs for PAs were in the offices of physicians. About
24 percent were in general medical and surgical hospitals, public or private.
The rest were mostly in outpatient care centers, including health maintenance
organizations; the Federal Government; and public or private colleges,
universities, and professional schools. Very few were self-employed.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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