Physician Assistant

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Total Degrees​
Awarded in 2017

9,007

growing 4.33%

Median In-State​
Public Tuition

$7,502

growing 3.65%

Median Out-of-State​
Private Tuition

$32,021

growing 2.16%

Average Wage

$75,291

growing 1.55%

People in Workforce

4.28M

growing 4.06%

Average Employee Age

42.8

declining 1.06%

About

The locations with the highest concentration of Physician Assistant degree recipients are New York, NY, Philadelphia, PA, and Boston, MA. The locations with a relatively high number of Physician Assistant degree recipients are Hershey, PA, Loretto, PA, and Philippi, WV. The most common degree awarded to students studying Physician Assistant is a masters degree.

Institutions

Information about the types of higher education institutions that grant degrees in Physician Assistant and the types of students that study this field. Nova Southeastern University awards the most degrees in Physician Assistant in the US, but Marshall B Ketchum University and Eastern Virginia Medical School have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Physician Assistant.

Tuition costs for Physician Assistant majors are, on average, $7,502 for in-state public colleges, and $32,021 for out of state private colleges.

The most common sector, by number of institutions, that offers Physician Assistant programs are Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above institutions (123 total). The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (5,858 completions).

Institutions

Institution with the Most Degrees Awarded in Physician Assistant

The most common sector, by number of degrees awarded in Physician Assistant, is Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above (5,858 completions).

The following chart shows the share of universities that offer Physician Assistant programs, by the total number of completions, colored and grouped by their sector.

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Tuition Costs for Common Institutions

$7,502

Median In-State Public

$32,021

Median Out of State Private

Nova Southeastern University has the most Physician Assistant degree recipients, with 240 degrees awarded in 2017.

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Specialized Colleges

Out of all institutions that offer Physician Assistant programs and have at least 5 graduates in those programs, Marshall B Ketchum University and Eastern Virginia Medical School have the highest percentage of degrees awarded in Physician Assistant, with 21.1% and 20.7%, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded by County

Counties with the Most Degrees Awarded in Physician Assistant

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest number of degrees awarded in Physician Assistant by year.

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Growth in Awarded Degrees

Counties with the Fastest Growing Number of Degrees Awarded

This map shows the counties in the United States colored by the highest growth in degrees awarded for Physician Assistant.

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Health graduates and on wages and locations for those in the field.

The average salary for Health majors is $75,291 and the most common occupations are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives.

Wages

Yearly Income for Common Jobs

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$75,291

Average Wage in Workforce

± $781

1.55%

1 Year Growth

± 1.46%

The average salary for Health majors is $75,291 and the most common occupations are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives.

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Highest Paying Locations

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This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States colored by the average salary of Health majors.

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Occupations

Most Common

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The most common occupations Health majors, by number of employees, are Registered nurses, Pharmacists, and Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives.

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Most Specialized

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Compared to other majors, there are an unusually high number of Health majors working as Nurse practitioners & nurse midwives, Nurse anesthetists, and Audiologists.

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Highest Paid

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The highest paid occupations by median income for Health majors are Surgeons, Public relations specialists, and Podiatrists.

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Occupations by Share

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4.28M

2018 Workforce

± 50,063

4.06%

1 Year Growth

± 1.61%

The number of Health graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.06%, from 4.11M in 2017 to 4.28M in 2018.

The largest single share of Health graduates go on to work as Registered nurses (37.3%). This chart shows the various jobs filled by those with a major in Health by share of the total number of graduates.

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Industries

Most Common

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Industries by Share

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4.28M

2018 Workforce

± 50,063

4.06%

1 Year Growth

± 1.61%

The number of Health graduates in the workforce has been growing at a rate of 4.06%, from 4.11M in 2017 to 4.28M in 2018.

The industry which employs the most Health graduates by share is General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals, followed by Elementary & secondary schools. This visualization shows the industries that hire those who major in Health.

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Specialty Locations

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Physician Assistant is from the 2 Digit Course Health.

This map shows the public use micro areas (PUMAs) in the United States where there are a relatively high population of Health majors.

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Diversity

Demographic information on those who earn a degree in Health in the US. The average age of a person in the workforce with a degree in Health is 42.8, and the most common degree type these workers hold is a Masters Degree. Female employees are more likely to hold Health degrees, and White students earn the majority (6,531) of the degrees.

Workforce Age

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42.8

Average Age in 2018

± 0.155 Years

1.06%

1 Year Change

± 0.52%

This chart shows distribution of ages for employees with a degree in Health. The most common ages of employees with this major are 28 and 30 years old, which represent 3.04% and 2.97% of the population, respectively.

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Degrees Awarded

The most common degree types awarded to students graduating in Physician Assistant are Masters Degree, Bachelors Degree, and 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate.

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Workforce Degrees

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The most common degree types held by the working population in Health are Bachelors Degree, Masters Degree, and Professional degree.

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Gender Imbalance for Common Institutions

Female (72.4%)

Most Common Gender with a Degree in this Field

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Race & Ethnicity by Degrees Awarded

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    6,531 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    740 degrees awarded

  3. Unknown

    640 degrees awarded

This chart shows the number of degrees awarded in Physician Assistant for each race & ethnicity. White students earned the largest share of the degrees with this major.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Race/Ethnicity and Gender Combination

  1. White Female

    263 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    106 degrees awarded

  3. Asian Female

    54 degrees awarded

This chart illustrates the differences by gender for each race & ethnicity of Bachelors Degree recipients in Physician Assistant. White Female students, who earn most of the degrees in this field, are the most common combination of race/ethnicity and gender.

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Global Diversity

The closest comparable data for the 6 Digit Course Physician Assistant is from the 2 Digit Course Health.

Most Common Countries of Origin

  1. Philippines

    193,770 degree recipients

  2. India

    87,510 degree recipients

  3. Mexico

    32,095 degree recipients

High Relative Number of Students

  1. Cameroon

    5.13 times more than expected

  2. Philippines

    5 times more than expected

  3. Saudi Arabia

    3.81 times more than expected

There are a relatively high number of people that were born in Cameroon that hold Health degrees (5.13 times more than expected), and the most common country of origin by total numbers for non-US students earning a degree in this field is Philippines (193,770 degree recipients).

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for those working in the Physician Assistant field from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Physician Assistant majors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Physician Assistant majors need more than the average amount of Equipment Maintenance, Repairing, and Equipment Selection.

These two visualizations, one a radial chart and one a bar chart, show the same information, a rating of how necessary the following skills are for Physician Assistant majors. Toggle between "value" and "RCA" to see the absolute rating of that skill (value) and the revealed comparative advantage (RCA), or how much greater or lesser that skill's rating is than the average. The longer the bar or the closer the line comes to the circumference of the circle, the more important that skill is. The importance of Equipment Maintenance is very distinctive for majors, but the Reading Comprehension, Speaking, and Writing are the three most important skills for people in the field.

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