A Good Fit For:

Individuals who enjoy diagnosing and treating patients under the supervision of physicians and surgeons.

Median Annual Salary:


Data last updated August 2023

Warren Pyles - Physician Assistant
Back To Career Finder

Job Description

Provides health care services to patients under the direction and responsibility of a physician. May conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive care, assist in surgery and write prescriptions. Completion of PA program, certification and state licensure required.

Patient Contact

High – Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine on teams with physicians, surgeons, and other healthcare workers. They work closely with patients to examine, diagnose, and treat them. Physician assistants work in physicians’ offices, hospitals, and other healthcare settings and most work full time.

Employment Outlook

Employment of physician assistants is expected to increase 30% from 2010 to 2020. As more physicians enter specialty areas of medicine, there will be a greater need for primary health care providers, such as physician assistants. Because physician assistants are more cost-effective than physicians, they are expected to have an increasing role in giving routine care.


Bureau of Labor Statistics 


Masters – 5+ Years

Physician assistants typically need a master’s degree from an accredited educational program. All states require physician assistants to be licensed.

PA programs in South Carolina: 

*All Masters Programs




  • Medical Assisting
  • Medical Procedures
  • Medical Terminology
  • Patient Diagnosis
  • Patient Treatment
  • Patient Examination