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2. Physician assistants

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  • Median annual wage: $109,000
  • Median hourly wage: $52 per hour
  • Typical education needed for entry: Master’s degree
  • Projected employment growth: 37.3%
  • Total employment: 114,710

Physician assistants (PAs) work in a variety of healthcare settings to examine patients, diagnose illnesses, prescribe medication, and interpret diagnostic tests. PAs work under the supervision of a physician, but the amount of supervision required varies in each state. PAs must obtain a master’s degree and a license in order to practice. Physician assistants have the highest projected employment growth on this list.

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