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Newly Certified Physician Assistants Enter Welcoming Job Market

JOHNS CREEK, Ga.–()–A just-published report representing over 8,000 PAs who were newly
certified in 2016 shows that they are in great demand with a median
starting salary of $95,000 and the highest salaries offered in radiation
oncology, occupational medicine, gynecology, emergency medicine and
psychiatry.

The 2016
Statistical Report of Recently Certified Physician Assistants
sheds
light on this highly skilled workforce that is expected to continue to
grow exponentially. The Accreditation and Review Commission for
Education of PAs anticipates the number of accredited PA programs in the
U.S. will increase from 229 to approximately 270 in the next three years.

Highlights about new PAs from the report include:

  • The states with the greatest number are New York, Pennsylvania,
    Florida, California and Texas, which are also the most populous states
    for all Certified PAs.
  • In addition to highly competitive salaries, over 68% were offered
    employment incentives like reimbursement for CME and certification
    maintenance, flexible hours, and/or a signing bonus.
  • The median age is 27, and almost 22% communicate with their patients
    in more than one language.
  • Almost 52% of recently certified PAs work in hospital settings
    compared to 39% of all Certified PAs.
  • Almost 19% indicated they plan to seek addition educational or
    clinical training in the next three years, beyond on-the-job training
    and required CME.

“New PA graduates are entering the workforce and meeting patient needs
across the U.S. and in all disciplines. The numbers speak to the appeal
of the profession both to potential students and employers,” says Dawn
Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C, president…

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