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Physician Assistant Job Outlook

Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 30% from 2014 to 2024, significantly faster than the forecasted 7% average growth for all occupations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program is forecasting that physician assistant employment will grow from 94,400 positions in 2014 to 123,200 positions in 2024.

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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