The Profession's Outlook
The need for qualified physician assistants continues to grow. The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition stated that employment of physician assistants is expected to grow by 38 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than average for all occupations.
Physician assistant jobs are ranked among the fastest growing occupations due to anticipated expansion of the health care industry and an emphasis on cost containment, resulting in increasing utilization of PAs by physicians and health care institutions.
PA's work in virtually all health care settings:
- Private practice clinics
- Health maintenance organizations
- Nursing homes
- Student health clinics
- Prison systems
- Rural health clinics
- Community centers
Our Graduate's Experiences
A survey was conducted in September 2010 of all graduates from 2000 to 2009 who could be located. At the time, the 75 graduates who responded to the survey, 69 (92 percent) reported being employed in clinical practice.
Approximately 40 percent were employed in a private office practice, another 37 percent were employed in an institutional-based practice, and 10 percent were employed at ambulatory-care clinics.