Physician Assistants (29-1071)

Occupation description:  Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants. Excludes Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics (29-2041), Medical Assistants (31-9092), Registered Nurses (29-1141), Nurse Anesthetists (29-1151), Nurse Midwives (29-1161), and Nurse Practitioners (29-1171).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 423491 16.17 1017
United States 94,400123,200 30.42,870 2,1205,000

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is strong with high employment opportunities. Read more.

2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 49.0831.5541.41 48.7958.3768.37
Alaska 54.2636.4944.57 53.9962.8874.01
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 55.2440.4346.46 55.3364.5174.11
Fairbanks North Star Borough 51.1622.3036.11 47.6065.0175.47
Balance of State 52.5937.5244.25 53.1360.4168.70

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
494100 20.253.7 39.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation72
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation48
UI claimants previously working in occupation10
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 35
Number of job position postings 46
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.8

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Master's degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

Multimed   (Anchorage)
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) ACLS Program
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) PALS Program
American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI) PALS Program Refresher Course