Do you want to start a career in the medical field, but aren’t looking forward to all that time spent in medical school? Becoming a physician’s assistant might be just the right choice for you.
PAs always work in a collaborative relationship with a physician and can’t do everything a physician or specialist could. However, there’s still quite a bit of overlap in what PAs and physicians do. Both can examine patients, prescribe medicine, and order tests, for example. While physician assistants get to do jobs very similar to a physician, they spend much less in school. And there are other perks as well. Keep reading to learn more.
Work In Medicine Quickly
Training for physician assistants closely parallels physician training in terms of both classroom work and clinical rotations. But PAs only spend two or three years in school. That’s about 1/4 the amount of time physicians spend in medical school. After graduation as a PA you’ll become nationally certified and obtain a license. Once that’s done you’re immediately free to start working.
Having a physician assistant license lets you choose any medical specialty to work in. When you’re in a PA program, you’ll receive training in a multitude of specialties. And when you take your boards you get tested on every body system. After graduating as a physician assistant you can work in any medical specialty you like. You can also switch between specialties much more easily than a physician can. Plus, you’re less likely to be on-call and that gives you more flexibility in your personal time as well.
Good Net Income
Physician assistants earn a median salary of $101,480 per year. By comparison, median pay for physicians and surgeons is equal to or greater than $208,000 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016. However, when you factor in the income-to-debt ratio it turns out physician assistants have a net income that’s pretty close to the same amount of money as a typical physician makes. Click here to read an in-depth article addressing this question.
Fill An Essential Role
While physician assistant is a relatively new career field, it’s becoming a vital one. Physician assistants are now considered one of three options patients can turn to for primary care (the other two are physicians and nurse practitioners). Physician assistants are helping solve the problem of medical staffing shortages and shortening wait times for patients. When you’re brought in on a physician’s team, you have the opportunity to increase patient satisfaction rates and fill an essential role in their care.
Excellent Employment Opportunities
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 37 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations.” You won’t have to worry about going to school to become a PA and not having any jobs to choose from when you graduate. In fact, there’s a good chance you’ll have several options when job hunting. And here at RadCoverage, we’re always ready to help physician assistants find exactly the right position for them. Contact us today if you’d like to know more.