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Physician Assistant Job Outlook

Physician Assistant employment is expected to increase 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, making the Physician Assistant Job Outlook much better than the average for all occupations

With more physicians entering specialty areas of medicine, there will be a growing need for primary healthcare providers, including Physician Assistants. Because Physician Assistants are more cost-effective than physicians, so they are expected to have an expanding role in giving routine care

General population growth will further spur the Physician Assistant Job Outlook as more people means more need for healthcare specialists.

In addition, Physician Assistant employment growth will get a boost because the large baby-boom generation is getting older. Aging baby boomers will inherently be susceptible to a variety of conditions and ailments such as heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Physician Assistants are expected to have an growing role in keeping these people healthy and caring for them when they get ill

Healthcare providers are also expected to use more Physician Assistants in new ways as states continue to allow Physician Assistants to do more procedures, thus creating still more employment opportunities for the profession

Good job opportunities are expected. This should be particularly true for Physician Assistants working in medically underserved areas, as well as Physician Assistants focused on primary care

Source: U.S. Department of Labor

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Job Outlook for Select Health Professions
by Projected Job Growth from 2010 to 2020
52% - Veterinary Technicians
44% - Diagnostic Medical Sonographers
39% - Physical Therapists
38% - Dental Hygienists
37% - Audiologists
37% - Counselors
36% - Medical Scientists
36% - Veterinarians
33% - Emergency Medical Technicians
33% - Occupational Therapists
33% - Optometrists
32% - Pharmacy Technicians
31% - Dental Assistants
31% - Medical Assistants
30% - Physician Assistants
29% - Cardiovascular Technologists
29% - Opticians
28% - Chiropractors
28% - Radiologic Technologists
28% - Respiratory Therapists
26% - Registered Nurses
25% - Pharmacists
25% - Social Workers
24% - Physicians and Surgeons
23% - Speech Language Pathologists
22% - Health Services Management
22% - Licensed Practical Nurses
22% - Psychologists
21% - Dentists
21% - Health Information Technicians
20% - Dietitians
20% - Podiatrists
19% - Nuclear Medicine Technologists
19% - Surgical Technologists
17% - Recreational Therapists
11% - Clinical Laboratory Technicians
9% - Occupational Safety Specialists
6% - Medical Transcriptionists
0% - Dental Lab Technician

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