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Nansy Matusiak

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
Study groups

Research the Physicians Assistant Professional Organization
Seek an opportunity to shadow/observe a Physicians Assistant in the real work setting

PAs can:
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
Write prescriptions
Make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes
PAs’ specific duties depend on:

The setting in which they work
Their level of experience
Their specialty
State laws
- See more at: http://www.aapa.org

Physician Assistants - Bureau of Labor Statistics
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Occupational Outlook Handbook
Healthcare >
Physician Assistants
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 Master’s 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.

Work Environment
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 master’s degree. All states require physician assistants to be licensed.

The median annual wage for physician assistants was $90,930 in May 2012.

Job Outlook
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.

Similar Occupations
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

Answered 7 years ago

Nansy Matusiak