Physician assistants (PAs) are one of the most sought-after healthcare providers. As the physician shortage worsens, this demand is only predicted to grow in order to meet patient needs. As a result, the increase in job opportunities for PAs is attracting many aspiring healthcare professionals to this advanced-practice role.
In order for would-be PAs to become PAs, there must be a large network of affordable and accredited institutions to educate qualified students. Fortunately, the number of accredited physician assistant programs is on the rise, reflecting the growth of the field. Let’s take a look at just how quickly these programs are emerging and what factors are behind this educational expansion.
The Demand Rises - - -
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.” The incredibly high demand for PAs is driving the creation of new physician assistant programs.
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You're right, the projected growth rate for PAs is 31% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/physician-assistants.htm), and much higher than most professions. I'm a current PA student, so let me know if you have any questions for me.