Careers in the Licensed Professions

Physician Assistant

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Physician assistants (“PA”) provide health care in the practice area of their supervising physicians. For example, a PA that is supervised by a physician specializing in family practice would provide services in that area as well. Physician assistants perform many of the medical services provided by their physician supervisors. This includes:

  • diagnosing and treating human disease, pain, or injury
  • educating patients about their health
  • prescribing treatments for diagnosed health issues



Completion of a New York State approved program or the substantial equivalent. Most acceptable department-registered educational programs are at the masters level.


Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination

Visit the Office of the Professions for a listing of all options and requirements.




Salary and Projected Growth

  • Median salary: $108,610 in the U.S., $119,090 in NY
  • Salary range: $93,860 - $131,620
  • Project growth: much faster than average

Where Could I Work?

  • Medical offices
  • Hospitals, healthcare facilities, and healthcare organizations
  • Military and government facilities

Your Interests and Abilities

  • Basic and medical sciences
  • Perform medical procedures
  • Manual and technical skills

Professional Skills

  • Concern for others
  • Attention to detail
  • Analytical thinking
  • Communication

What Interests You?

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Tip: try searching for mentoring programs—talk to a physician assistant about what they do and how they got started!

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Last Updated: June 12, 2020