Description of Profession

A physician assistant is a healthcare professional who practices medicine with or under the supervision of a physician. They can prescribe medication, diagnosis various medical conditions, and practically do everything a doctor can just under the Doctor’s medical license. Physician’s assistants can go into any specialty of medicine and unlike doctors can change their specialty if they wish to do so.

General Duties

The general duties of a physician assistant on a typical day is seeing patients, coming up with a diagnosis for the problem the patient came in for, and then filling out a medical chart for that patient.

What environment(s) and/or settings is this profession employed?

Physician assistants can practice medicine in hospitals, clinics, urgent care settings, and private practices.

What are the skills/qualities needed to be successful in this field?

In order to be successful in this field you must be hard working, have good communication and listening skills, good analytical skills, and be able to be calm in stressful situations.

What is the employment outlook?

The employment outlook for physicians assistant’s is good and is expected to grow 31 percent from 2018 to 2028.

What is the average salary/earnings for this profession? What is the average indebtedness of professionals entering the field? 

The national average salary for physicians assistants is $104,760. The national average salary in Massachusetts is $101,040. The average debt for physicians assistants is $112,500

Other healthcare professionals someone in this career may interact and/or collaborate with:

Doctors, nurses, surgeons, health care administrators, health insurance companies, etc.

What kind of educational training/qualifications does entry into this career require? 

A 2-3 years Master’s Program.

Professional Interview

Linnea Blackmore Forsline, PA-C. HealthPartners in Minneapolis, MN

How did they become interested in this field? 

She worked in a dialysis clinic for a number of years and discovered she liked the healthcare profession.

What do they like about what they do? 

She likes the interaction she can have with people on a day to day basis and how she can come up with solutions for problems that people are having.

How do they think their field will change in the next 10 years? 

She thinks that there will be more tasks that are taken over by technology.

What is their advice for those interested in this career?

Although the schooling can be very difficult at times, it is definitely worth it.