Physician Assistant Spots Grow as Profession Reaches 40-year Mark [U.S.]
PAs are the 2nd largest group of advanced practice provider. The first: nurse practitioners with over 205,000, just about double.
"In one of the most comprehensive studies on PAs, the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA), which began administering PA certification exams in 1975, reports there are now 102,000 certified PAs in the U.S. That's a 36% increase from 2009, a trend that is expected to continue.
Surgical subspecialties (19.5%) and emergency medicine (13.8%) are the two specialties where the greatest number of PAs work, according to NCCPA's report. Others include dermatology, hospital medicine, surgery, pediatrics, and internal medicine subspecialties."