Duties• Works under the supervision of a physician or surgeon• Also known as PAS• Physician assistant practice medicine under the direction and supervision of physicians and surgeons.• They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injures, illness and provide treatment
Hours• Most physicians assistant works full time.• About 13 percent reported working 50 hours or more per week in 2010• Physicians assistant works days, nights, weekends and holidays .
Working Enviroment• Public contact, work with co- workers• Physician assistant spend too much time of their time on their feet, making rounds and evaluating patients• Who working in operating room often stand for extended periods
Degree• 4-year degree in health related field• Take a lot of science classes in high school• Some of them need a master degree and some experience• Sometimes it can take 2 years of full time school
Person Qualities• An ability to get along with others• Strong interpersonal skills• Tact and patience• Maturity and emotional stability• A desire to help others• An ability to follow directions through and completely
License or Certification• All states and district of Colombia require physician assistant to be licensed.• They must pass by physician assistant (NCPPA)• After they pass the exam, they may use the credential “physician assistant-certified”
$ PAY $• Annual working in a hospital, state, local and private $89,500• Iowa: starting per year $68,163 , per hour $32.75• Average: per year $81,447 , per hour $39.25• Salary with experience: annual $93,747, hourly $45.00
Financial Benefits• Medical• Dental• Employee life insurance• Dependent life insurance• Group legal services• Long term care• Supplemental disability• Transportation• 403(b)tax-deferred retirement income saving plan• Employer contribution retirement income saving plan• Value tax-saving opportunities
Growth For This Job In The Future• Employment of physician assistant is expected to increase 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupation.
Bibliography• Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012- 13 Edition, Physician Assistants, on the Internet at http://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm (visited May 15, 2012).• "Home : Occupational Outlook Handbook : U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics." U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Jan. 2011. Web. 15 May 2012.http://www.bls.gov/ooh/.• "Physician Assistant Career Profile AndÂ Overview." About.com Health Careers. 2012. Web. 15 May 2012. <http://healthcareers.about.com/od/healthcareerprofiles/p/PhysicianAsst.htm>..