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First, you are not alone in your decision process what Profession to embrace (in theory) for the remainder of your LIFE.
You can change your major...because what you thought was a fit is not a fit.
You are OKAY and very normal.
Listed below are questions to ask yourself,and misc. information , suggestions and websites to view . Best of success in your decision and journey
Ask yourself why you want to be a Physicians Assistant?
Do you enjoy people, patients
Do you have compassion
Do you have and or can you learn listening skills
Do you have tolerance for diverse populations, age groups
Do you enjoy learning about the human body
Why do you think or have decided it will be difficult for you
If you want this career, go for it!!!!
There are tutors that can assist you along the way
Research the Physicians Assistant Professional Organization
Seek an opportunity to shadow/observe a Physicians Assistant in the real work setting
Take your medical history
Conduct physical exams
Diagnose and treat illnesses
Order and interpret tests
Develop treatment plans
Counsel on preventive care
Assist in surgery
Make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes
PAs specific duties depend on:
The setting in which they work
Their level of experience
- See more at: http://www.aapa.org
Physician Assistants - Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Summary What They Do Work Environment How to Become One Pay Job Outlook Similar Occupations More Info
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Physician assistants practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons.
Quick Facts: Physician Assistants
2012 Median Pay $90,930 per year
$43.72 per hour
Entry-Level Education Masters degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training None
Number of Jobs, 2012 86,700
Job Outlook, 2012-22 38% (Much faster than average)
Employment Change, 2012-22 33,300
What Physician Assistants Do
Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on a team under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. They are formally educated to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.
Physician assistants work in physicians offices, hospitals, and other healthcare settings. Most work full time.
How to Become a Physician Assistant
Physician assistants must complete an accredited educational program. These programs usually lead to a masters degree. All states require physician assistants to be licensed.
The median annual wage for physician assistants was $90,930 in May 2012.
Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 38 percent from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for healthcare services from the growing and aging population and widespread chronic disease, combined with a shortage of physicians, will result in increased demand for healthcare providers, such as physician assistants.
Compare the job duties, education, job growth, and pay of physician assistants with similar occupations.
More Information, Including Links to O*NET
Learn more about physician assistants by visiting additional resources, including O*NET, a source on key characteristics of workers and occupations.
What They Do ->
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Physician Assistants,
on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm (visited August 20, 2014).
Publish Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014