Career Outlook for physician Assistants

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook (2010-11 Edition), the PA profession has the following outlook:

  • Expected to grow much faster than average for all occupations. 
  • Opportunities should be good, particularly in rural and inner-city healthcare facilities.
  • Employment to grow by 39 percent from 2008 to 2018. 
  • Scope of practice will continue to expand as States allow PAs to perform more procedures.

PAs are cost-effective and productive members of the healthcare team and are employed by Physicians and institutions to provide primary care and assist with medical and surgical procedures.  

Salary Information 
According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants Census Survey from 2009, the average total annual income for physician assistants in full-time clinical practice (32 or more hours per week) was as follows:

  • $93,105 nationally and $78,405 in Nebraska. 

The comparable figures for those who graduated in 2009 were as follows:

  • $78,405 nationally and $75,000 in Nebraska.

Income varies by specialty, practice setting, geographical location, and years of experience.