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Physician Assistant Job Outlook

Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 37% from 2016 to 2026, significantly faster than the forecasted 7% average growth for all occupations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections program is forecasting that physician assistant employment will grow to 145,900 by 2026, an increase of nearly 40,000 positions from 2016 levels.

Demand for healthcare services will increase because of the growing and aging population. Growth of the population means more need for healthcare services generally, and members of the large baby boom generation will require more medical care as they age. An increase in the number of patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, will also increase healthcare demand and, in turn, drive the need for healthcare providers including physician assistants who often provide preventive care and treat the sick. Furthermore, increases in incomes may improve access to healthcare services, and advances in medical technology will continue to increase the number and types of treatments available.

Physician assistants can provide many of the same services as physicians. PAs are expected to continue to have a growing role in providing healthcare services because they can be trained more quickly than physicians. Team-based healthcare provision models will continue to evolve and become more commonly used. Physician assistants will have growing roles in all areas of medicine as states expand allowable procedures and autonomy, and as insurance companies expand their coverage of physician assistant services

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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