Benefits of studying to be a physician assistant include a relatively short training program, a high expected salary, a positive return on graduate school investment and an abundance of available positions in the United States. Beyond monetary incentives, physician assistants can also expect a personally and professionally satisfying medical career.
Physician assistants typically must train for two years beyond their undergraduate education, after which they earn a median income of around $90,000. The physician assistant graduate program consistently ranks among the top most valuable in terms of post-graduate compensation. Between 2012 and 2022, the physician assistant career track is also expected to grow more quickly than other health care positions, leading to an increase in the number of available positions and providing greater overall job flexibility and opportunity.