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Physician Assistant
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesProvide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$86,410 per year in 2010

Work Context & ConditionsAlthough PAs usually work in a comfortable, well-lighted environment, those in surgery often stand for long periods, and others do considerable walking.

Minimum Education RequirementsBachelor's Degree

SkillsSocial Perceptiveness, Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Writing, Time Management, Active Learning, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Science

AbilitiesOral Expression, Problem Sensitivity, Inductive Reasoning, Oral Comprehension

InterviewsYvonne VigilVideo Icon