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Career and Education Opportunities for Physician Assistants in Arizona

Arizona has a population of 6,595,778, which has grown by 28.56% in the last 10 years. Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona's capital and largest city is Phoenix.

Currently, 1,910 people work as physician assistants in Arizona. This is expected to grow by 30% to 2,480 people by 2016. This is not quite as good as the nation as a whole, where employment opportunities for physician assistants are expected to grow by about 39.0%. In general, physician assistants provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician.

Income for physician assistants is about $38 hourly or $80,910 annually on average in Arizona. Nationally, their income is about $39 per hour or $81,230 yearly. Compared with people working in the overall category of Nursing, people working as physician assistants in Arizona earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Nursing nationally. Jobs in this field include: medical service technician, family practice physician assistant, and neurosurgical physician assistant.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,437,191 jobs in Arizona. The average annual income was $34,339 in 2008, down from $34,365 the preceding year. The unemployment rate in Arizona was 9.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Approximately 23.5% of Arizona residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arizona include consumer lending, truck, utility trailer, and rv rental, and truss manufacturing. Notable tourist destinations include the Heard Museum, the Arizona Doll and Toy Museum, and the Hall of Flame Fire Fighting Museum.

CITIES WITH Physician Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Arizona


JOB DESCRIPTION: Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant video from the State of New Jersey Dept. of Labor and Workforce Development

In general, physician assistants provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. They also conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients.

Every day, physician assistants are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to evaluate problems as they arise. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.

Similar jobs with educational opportunities in Arizona include:

  • Family Practice Physician. Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population.
  • Licensed Practical Nurse. Care for ill, injured, or disabled persons in hospitals, nursing homes, and similar institutions. May work under the supervision of a registered nurse. Licensing required.
  • Nuclear Medical Technologist. Prepare, administer, and measure radioactive isotopes in therapeutic, diagnostic, and tracer studies utilizing a variety of radioisotope equipment. Prepare stock solutions of radioactive materials and calculate doses to be administered by radiologists. Subject patients to radiation. Execute blood volume, red cell survival, and fat absorption studies following standard laboratory techniques.
  • Nurse Practitioner. Provide advanced nursing care and treatment to patients. Perform physical examinations, order diagnostic tests, develop treatment plans and prescribe drugs or other therapies.
  • Pharmacist. Compound and dispense medications following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized medical practitioners.
  • Podiatrist. Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot.
  • Registered Nurse. Assess patient health problems and needs, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. Administer nursing care to ill, injured, or disabled patients. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention or provide case management. Licensing or registration required. Includes advance practice nurses such as: nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists. Advanced practice nursing is practiced by RNs who have specialized formal, post-basic education and who function in highly autonomous and specialized roles.
  • Respiratory Therapist. Assess, treat, and care for patients with breathing disorders. Assume primary responsibility for all respiratory care modalities, including the supervision of respiratory therapy technicians. Initiate and conduct therapeutic procedures; maintain patient records; and select, assemble, and operate equipment.

LOCATION INFORMATION: Arizona

Arizona
Arizona photo by Luca Galuzzi

Arizona has a population of 6,595,778, which has grown by 28.56% over the past 10 years. Nicknamed the "Grand Canyon State," Arizona's capital and biggest city is Phoenix. In 2008, there were a total of 3,437,191 jobs in Arizona. The average annual income was $34,339 in 2008, down from $34,365 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Arizona was 9.1% in 2009, which has grown by 3.2% since the previous year. Approximately 23.5% of Arizona residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Arizona include consumer lending, truck, utility trailer, and rv rental, and truss manufacturing. Notable tourist attractions include the Phoenix Art Museum, the Phoenix Museum of History, and the Heard Museum.