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)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 419511 22.08 1633
United States 106,200145,900 37.32,200 4,50010,660

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is robust with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.

2019 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 54.0434.9644.62 53.9762.7575.54
Alaska 61.7942.4752.81 61.7773.4581.60
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 61.0144.6452.74 60.1871.4980.47
Fairbanks North Star Borough 64.5450.8857.81 67.4874.5078.71
Balance of State 62.2725.0850.74 64.0475.7889.37

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

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