Physician Assistant

Healthcare is increasingly a team sport, and it can be argued that no team member is more important than the physician assistant. Venture past the waiting room to find these versatile and integral professionals, whose field is only 50 years old. PAs, for short, have the opportunity to practice medicine while working fewer hours than the doctors they report to, and yet still potentially earn a six-figure salary.

PA Salary Comparison

$98K
Physician Assistant
$104K
Nurse Practitioner
$80K
Occupational Therapists

Best Schools

RankSchool
1Duke University
2University of Iowa
3Emory University

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Three Steps to Advance

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  • Pursue additional education
  • Stick it out
  • Network with other PAs

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Physician Assistant Career News & Analysis

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