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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT: Motivated By Positive Patient Feedback

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Liz tells us about how she became a physician assistant, a relatively new occupation that she discovered only after finishing her studies and teaching for a few years.

Degree: Education
Job Title: Physician Assistant

Job Summary: Physician Assistants

Job Description

Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.

On-the-Job Training


Certification Requirement
Requiredby the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$60,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Hospital / Clinic, Indoor, Office, Military
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Detail oriented, Empathy, Patience, People skills, Teamwork, Verbal communication skills

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