Here’s a new an interesting statistic on the physician assistant workforce for you: more physician assistants are practicing now than ever before.
According to the recently published article written by Rene Letourneau of Healthcare Finance News, the number of physician assistants practicing in the US is double – you read that right – double what it was just 10 years ago. Currently, there are over 83,000 practicing physician assistants in the US. Clearly, the physician assistant medicine is coming of age, and PAs are needed now more than ever.
A few other promising statistics:
So do these statistics mean that the physician assistant workforce will soon be bloated, no longer needing new PA students?
The 10-year growth rate of the physician assistant profession is 39%, and shortages of PAs, even with the increases in physician assistant training program enrollment make it likely that PAs will be in short supply for at least the next 20 years.
Yes, it’s a great time to become a PA.