Employment is expected to grow
much faster than the average for all occupations. Job opportunities for PAs
should be good, particularly
in rural and inner-city healthcare facilities.
Employment change. Employment of physician
assistants is expected to grow by 39 percent from 2008 to 2018, much faster than
the average for all occupations. Projected rapid job growth reflects the
expansion of healthcare industries and an emphasis on cost containment, which
results in increasing use of PAs by healthcare establishments.
Physicians and institutions are expected to employ more PAs to provide
primary care and to assist with medical and surgical procedures because PAs are
cost-effective and productive members of the healthcare team. Physician
assistants can relieve physicians of routine duties and procedures. Healthcare
providers will use more physician assistants as States continue to expand PAs'
scope of practice by allowing them to perform more procedures.
Besides working in traditional office-based settings, PAs should find a
growing number of jobs in institutional settings such as hospitals, academic
medical centers, public clinics, and prisons.
Job prospects. Job opportunities for PAs
should be good, particularly in rural and inner-city clinics because those
settings have difficulty attracting physicians. Job openings will result both
from employment growth and from the need to replace physician assistants who
retire or leave the occupation permanently. Opportunities will be best in States
that allow PAs a wider scope of practice.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor,
Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition
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