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Updated by Julian Knight on May 01, 2015
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3 Facts for Physician Assistants

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A master's degree as a Physician Assistant is the number one degree for obtaining a job.

A master's degree as a Physician Assistant is the number one degree for obtaining a job.

Forbes recently rated the physician assistant degree as the "Best Master's Degree for Jobs," citing both an increasing demand for healthcare services, and the growing shortage of physicians.

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Employment opportunities for PAs are expected to grow by 38% by 2022.

Employment opportunities for PAs are expected to grow by 38% by 2022.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for physician assistants is projected to grow at a much faster rate than the average occupation, growing by 38% by 2022. "Increased demand for healthcare services from the growing and aging population and widespread chronic disease, combined with a shortage of physicians, will result in increased demand for healthcare providers, such as physician assistants."

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Many consumers are willing to be seen by a physician assistant instead of a physician

Many consumers are willing to be seen by a physician assistant instead of a physician

A survey completed for the NCCPA captured opinions from 1,000 consumers across the U.S. aged 21-64 with health insurance. Over 94 percent of respondents said they are willing to be seen by a physician assistant instead of a physician