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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT (PA), IN-DEPTH: More Jobs Than Applicants

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George is a Physician Assistant for a hospital in California. He has been practicing for over 30 years. He shares with us what's difficult about being a PA, key decisions he made in his career, the abundance of jobs as a PA and his work-life balance.

School: Stanford University
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

None

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

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$60,000 - $120,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
25 to 35 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time
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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<span m='13420'>you</span> <span m='13550'>have</span> <span m='13690'>to</span> <span m='13730'>be</span> <span m='13850'>ready</span> <span m='14170'>to</span> <span m='14300'>give</span> <span m='14540'>that</span> <span m='14700'>time,</span> <span m='15130'>understand</span> <span m='15840'>that</span> <span m='15920'>health</span> <span m='16410'>is</span> <span m='16500'>a</span> <span m='16610'>time</span> <span m='16910'>commitment,</span> <span m='18410'>particularly</span> <span m='18580'>when</span> <span m='18700'>you're</span> <span m='18960'>taking</span> <span m='19230'>care</span> <span m='19380'>of</span> <span m='19450'>someone</span> <span m='19830'>else.</span> <span m='20630'>It's</span> <span m='20720'>a</span> <span m='20790'>service</span> <span m='21310'>industry,</span> <span m='23030'>so</span> <span m='23690'>if you're not</span> <span m='23940'>into</span> <span m='24110'>service,</span> <span m='24500'>you</span> <span m='24580'>shouldn't</span> <span m='24820'>go</span> <span m='25010'>into</span> <span m='25380'>it.</span> </p><p><span m='25990'>Key decisions</span> <span m='26830'>I've</span> <span m='26950'>made</span> <span m='27360'>in</span> <span m='27460'>my</span> <span m='27540'>career</span> <span m='28270'>was</span> <span m='28780'>to</span> <span m='28930'>continue</span> <span m='29490'>to</span> <span m='29760'>re-certify.</span> <span m='31560'>To</span> <span m='31720'>continue</span> <span m='32360'>to</span> <span m='32700'>build</span> <span m='33000'>my</span> <span m='33200'>knowledge</span> <span m='33670'>base,</span> <span m='34270'>continue</span> <span m='34840'>to</span> <span m='35500'>look</span> <span m='35730'>at</span> <span m='35960'>and</span> <span m='36640'>take</span> <span m='36910'>on</span> <span m='37160'>different</span> <span m='37490'>kinds</span> <span m='37900'>of</span> <span m='38050'>aspects</span> <span m='38590'>of</span> <span m='38680'>clinical</span> <span m='39060'>medicine.</span> <span m='39930'>I</span> <span m='40090'>think</span> <span m='40260'>if</span> <span m='40370'>I</span> <span m='40460'>hadn't of</span> <span m='40680'>done</span> <span m='40980'>that,</span> <span m='41390'>then</span> <span m='41560'>I</span> <span m='41610'>would have been</span> <span m='41930'>stuck,</span> <span m='43142'>and I</span> <span m='43530'>probably</span> <span m='43800'>would</span> <span m='43930'>have</span> <span m='43970'>got out of</span> <span m='44320'>medicine.</span> </p><p><span m='45300'>In</span> <span m='45430'>the</span> <span m='45520'>last</span> <span m='45940'>10</span> <span m='46140'>years,</span> <span m='46600'>it</span> <span m='46700'>was</span> <span m='46800'>kind</span> <span m='46860'>of</span> <span m='46930'>tough.</span> <span m='47420'>Now,</span> <span m='48160'>I</span> <span m='48260'>mean,</span> <span m='48490'>there's a</span> <span m='48710'>job</span> <span m='49230'>every other--</span> <span m='49810'>I</span> <span m='50020'>get</span> <span m='50220'>calls</span> <span m='50590'>from</span> <span m='50790'>everybody</span> <span m='51710'>about,</span> <span m='52550'>not any</span> <span m='52990'>local</span> <span m='53410'>[INAUDIBLE],</span> <span m='53705'>which</span> <span m='54000'>means</span> <span m='54290'>where</span> <span m='54430'>I</span> <span m='54510'>travel,</span> <span m='55280'>but</span> <span m='55940'>where</span> <span m='56090'>they</span> <span m='56200'>want</span> <span m='56500'>me</span> <span m='56680'>to</span> <span m='56880'>do</span> <span m='57460'>community</span> <span m='57900'>clinics</span> <span m='58490'>or</span> <span m='58540'>whatever.</span> <span m='59070'>So</span> <span m='59270'>there's</span> <span m='59550'>an</span> <span m='59700'>abundancy</span> <span m='60380'>of</span> <span m='60460'>jobs</span> <span m='60890'>now,</span> <span m='61920'>I mean,</span> <span m='62630'>there's</span> <span m='62660'>more</span> <span m='62900'>jobs</span> <span m='63370'>than</span> <span m='63510'>applicants</span> <span m='64060'>now.</span> <span m='64459'>They</span> <span m='64590'>say</span> <span m='64780'>they're</span> <span m='64959'>going</span> <span m='65080'>to</span> <span m='65129'>need</span> <span m='65280'>something</span> <span m='65590'>like</span> <span m='65780'>90,000</span> <span m='66580'>physicians</span> <span m='67440'>by the</span> <span m='67590'>year</span> <span m='67810'>2025.</span> <span m='69680'>Plenty of</span> <span m='70150'>jobs,</span> <span m='71460'>and</span> <span m='71670'>things</span> <span m='71860'>that</span> <span m='72010'>you</span> <span m='72110'>want</span> <span m='72270'>to</span> <span m='72330'>do.</span> <span m='72860'>So</span> <span m='75170'>you</span> <span m='75440'>could</span> <span m='75580'>do three</span> <span m='75790'>different</span> <span m='76030'>things.</span> <span m='76280'>You</span> <span m='76360'>could</span> <span m='76480'>do</span> <span m='77210'>internal</span> <span m='77610'>medicine,</span> <span m='78160'>you could</span> <span m='78300'>do</span> <span m='79490'>behavioral</span> <span m='80160'>health,</span> <span m='80550'>you</span> <span m='80610'>could</span> <span m='80770'>do</span> <span m='81500'>ER,</span> <span m='82320'>all in</span> <span m='82620'>the</span> <span m='82710'>same</span> <span m='83620'>life.</span> </p><p><span m='84910'>They</span> <span m='85050'>say</span> <span m='85270'>people</span> <span m='85700'>that</span> <span m='86010'>enter</span> <span m='86340'>PA</span> <span m='86830'>school,</span> <span m='87390'>if</span> <span m='87570'>they're</span> <span m='87710'>married,</span> <span m='87980'>they</span> <span m='88250'>end up</span> <span m='88420'>getting</span> <span m='88730'>divorced.</span> <span m='89400'>I've</span> <span m='89580'>seen</span> <span m='89850'>that</span> <span m='90010'>happen,</span> <span m='90530'>literally.</span> <span m='91420'>Medical</span> <span m='91800'>school is</span> <span m='92200'>the</span> <span m='92270'>same</span> <span m='92620'>way,</span> <span m='93290'>it</span> <span m='93480'>just</span> <span m='93710'>changes you,</span> <span m='94030'>it</span> <span m='94350'>changes</span> <span m='94750'>your</span> <span m='94920'>perspective,</span> <span m='95640'>your</span> <span m='95990'>who</span> <span m='96170'>you</span> <span m='96300'>want</span> <span m='96500'>to</span> <span m='96590'>deal</span> <span m='96890'>with.</span> <span m='98240'>I</span> <span m='98290'>mean,</span> <span m='98720'>it</span> <span m='98940'>kind</span> <span m='99220'>of</span> <span m='99350'>cuts</span> <span m='99660'>the</span> <span m='99770'>chatter,</span> <span m='101020'>so</span> <span m='101430'>you</span> <span m='101520'>have</span> <span m='101920'>to</span> <span m='101990'>have</span> <span m='102210'>a</span> <span m='102310'>real</span> <span m='102640'>good</span> <span m='102830'>understanding</span> <span m='103140'>about</span> <span m='103450'>who</span> <span m='103600'>you</span> <span m='103780'>are and</span> <span m='103950'>what</span> <span m='104210'>you are</span> <span m='104700'>before</span> <span m='104900'>you enter,</span> <span m='105420'>because</span> <span m='105630'>that's</span> <span m='105820'>going</span> <span m='105950'>to</span> <span m='106040'>change.</span> <span m='106770'>That's</span> <span m='106920'>going</span> <span m='107020'>to</span> <span m='107080'>change</span> <span m='107460'>anyway,</span> <span m='108210'>but</span> <span m='108310'>when</span> <span m='109130'>you're</span> <span m='109270'>doing</span> <span m='109540'>this</span> <span m='109710'>kind</span> <span m='109910'>of</span> <span m='109980'>work,</span> <span m='110540'>it</span> <span m='110860'>definitely</span> <span m='111145'>makes</span> <span m='111430'>you change.</span> 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