Employment Outlook

    • Results of the 2010 AAPA Physician Assistant Census Survey indicate that the median total income from the primary employer for PAs who are not self-employed and who work at least 32 hours per week for the primary employer is $90,873.
    • Approximately 84% of all individuals eligible to practice as PAs were in clinical practice at the beginning of May 2010.
    • The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the number of PA jobs will increase by 38% between 2012 and 2022. The BLS predicts the total number of jobs in the country will grow by 10% over this 10-year period.
    • The AAPA collects information each year on the areas of practice and work settings of PAs. In 2010 more than 40 percent of PAs worked in group practices or solo physician offices, and more than one-third were found in hospitals. The remaining PAs were located in rural clinics, community health centers, freestanding surgical facilities, nursing homes, school- or college-based facilities, industrial settings, and correctional systems.
    • According to the 2010 census report, PAs practice in
      • family and general medicine (24.8%)
      • general internal medicine and its subspecialties (15.1%)
      • general surgery and surgical subspecialties (25.9%)
      • pediatrics and pediatric subspecialties (3.8%)
      • emergency medicine (10.9%)
      • obstetrics and gynecology (2.0%)
      • dermatology (3.5%)
      • and other areas of medicine.