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Physician Assistants PA Work Conditions

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS (PA) - NATURE OF THE WORK

Many physician assistants work in primary care specialties, such as general internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine
Many physician assistants work in primary care specialties, such as general internal medicine, pediatrics, and family medicine.

Physician assistants held about 86,700 jobs in 2012. The industries that employed the most physician assistants in 2012 were as follows:

Offices of health practitioners 58%
Hospitals; state, local, and private 23
Outpatient care centers 7
Government 4
Educational services; state, local, and private 3

Physician assistant work can be both physically and emotionally demanding. Physician assistants spend much of their time on their feet, making rounds and evaluating patients. Physician assistants who work in operating rooms often stand for extended periods. Although the work can be stressful, helping patients can be rewarding.

Work Schedules

Most physician assistants work full time. In hospitals, physician assistants may work nights, weekends, or holidays. They may also be on call, meaning that they must be ready to respond to a work request with little notice.

Last Modification: 01-26-2014
Source:
http://www.bls.gov