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Career and Education Opportunities for Physician Assistants in Indiana

Indiana has a population of 6,423,113, which has grown by 5.63% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hoosier State," Indiana's capital and biggest city is Indianapolis.

Currently, 690 people work as physician assistants in Indiana. This is expected to grow by 27% to 880 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%. Physician assistants generally provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician.

Physician assistants earn about $36 per hour or $76,240 annually on average in Indiana and about $39 per hour or $81,230 yearly on average nationally. Compared with people working in the overall category of Nursing, people working as physician assistants in Indiana earn more. They earn more than people working in the overall category of Nursing nationally. Jobs in this field include: family practice physician assistant, cardiothoracic surgery physician assistant, and emergency room physician assistant.

In 2008, there were a total of 3,718,148 jobs in Indiana. The average annual income was $34,543 in 2008, up from $33,702 in 2007. The unemployment rate in Indiana was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.3% since the previous year. Approximately 19.4% of Indiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Indiana include manufacturing, primary metal manufacturing, and iron mills manufacturing.

CITIES WITH Physician Assistant OPPORTUNITIES IN Indiana


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 Indiana include:

  • Dentist. Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums and related oral structures. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues affecting vitality of teeth.
  • 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.
  • 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: Indiana

Indiana
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Indiana has a population of 6,423,113, which has grown by 5.63% over the past decade. Nicknamed the "Hoosier State," Indiana's capital and most populous city is Indianapolis. In 2008, there were a total of 3,718,148 jobs in Indiana. The average annual income was $34,543 in 2008, up from $33,702 the previous year. The unemployment rate in Indiana was 10.1% in 2009, which has grown by 4.3% since the previous year. Roughly 19.4% of Indiana residents have college degrees, which is lower than the national average.

The top industries in Indiana include manufacturing, primary metal manufacturing, and iron mills manufacturing.