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Physician Assistant Career Opportunities, Job Outlook, and Salary

Job prospects for the PA profession are very encouraging. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics expects PA jobs to increase by 27% from 2006-2016, much faster than average for all occupations, making it one of the top 10 professions for future job growth in the next 10 years. In a 2008 census taken by the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), over 93% of all PAs in the state of IL are employed within the profession. Salaries are competitive and job security for PAs is excellent. In this time of economic uncertainty, healthcare professionals are expected to continue to be in high demand.
 
For more information regarding the job profile and salary outlook for the PA profession, go to: The Bureau of Labor Statistics at: http://www.bls.gov
 
For More Information About the Physician Assistant Profession
 
The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) – a useful website for individuals interested in a career as a PA at: http://www.aapa.org/
 
The AAPA also offers current information regarding state regulations and practice laws for PAs. Information by state is available at: http://www.aapa.org/your_pa_career/licensing_and_certification.aspx
 
The Student Academy of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA) – A great site for current and prospective PA students with useful and current information related to being a PA student and the PA profession, at: http://www.aapa.org/your_pa_career/pa_students.aspx
 
Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) – In Illinois, PA licensure is administered by the Illinois Division of Professional Regulation. See the Department of Professional Regulation (DPR) for specific information regarding Illinois licensing regulations for PAs.
 
 
 
 
 


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