3. Physi­cian as­sis­tants

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Un­em­ploy­ment rate, 2014: 0.2% (tied-2nd high­est) Me­dian an­nual pay, 2012: $90,930 Em­ploy­ment change, 2012-2022: 38.4%

Physi­cian as­sis­tants per­form a range of du­ties that also vary con­sid­er­ably by lo­ca­tion. In more ru­ral ar­eas where there are con­sid­er­ably less doc­tors, for ex­am­ple, as­sis­tants may per­form many tasks or­di­nar­ily per­formed by physi­cians. In gen­eral, how­ever, physi­cian as­sis­tants per­form rou­tine pro­ce­dures such as set­ting bro­ken bones, draw­ing blood, and tak­ing x-rays.

Ad­di­tion­ally, physi­cian as­sis­tants of­ten work closely with pa­tients, record­ing their progress, coun­sel­ing them, and pro­vid­ing treat­ment. A typ­i­cal physi­cian as­sis­tant was paid nearly $91,000 in 2012, and em­ploy­ment is ex­pected to grow by 38.4% by 2022, both nearly the high­est fig­ures re­viewed.

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