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Physician Assistants (29-1071)

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).
Employment and Job Openings
EmploymentAverage Annual Openings
2018 Estimate2028 ProjectionPercent ChangeLabor Force ExitsOccupation TransfersTotal
Alaska 437 473 8.24 7 19 30
United States 118800 155700 0.0 2100 5700 11500
Job Outlook for Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities.
2020 Wages
Mean WageWage by Percentile
Mean10th25thMedian75th90th
United States 55.81 36.88 46.02 55.48 65.01 78.11
Alaska 72.32 48.51 55.79 64.21 78.91 *
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 72.07 43.42 54.19 61.79 76.81 *
Fairbanks North Star Borough 63.75 50.88 56.11 65.46 73.94 79.00
Balance of State 76.16 55.39 61.78 72.58 91.71 *

* indicates the estimate is not available, or the hourly wage is greater than $100, or the annual wage is greater than $208,000.