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Physician Assistants - 29-1071.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Physician Assistant (PA-C)
  • Clinical Physician Assistant
  • Family Practice Physician Assistant
  • General Surgery Physician Assistant
  • Midlevel Provider
  • Orthopaedic Physician Assistant
  • Physician Assistant Certified (PAC)
  • Physician Extender
  • Physician's Assistant
  • Surgical Physician Assistant

SOC Occupation Groups

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Tasks

  • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
  • Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance.
  • Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
  • Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
  • Obtain, compile and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes and results of physical examination.
  • Order medical and laboratory supplies and equipment.
  • Perform therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of technicians and technical assistants.
  • Visit and observe patients on hospital rounds or house calls, updating charts, ordering therapy, and reporting back to physician.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer intravenous medications.
  • Analyze test data or images to inform diagnosis or treatment.
  • Assist healthcare practitioners during surgery.
  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Diagnose medical conditions.
  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Immunize patients.
  • Monitor patient progress or responses to treatments.
  • Order medical diagnostic or clinical tests.
  • Order medical supplies or equipment.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
  • Provide health and wellness advice to patients, program participants, or caregivers.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Supervise patient care personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Physician Assistant (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician Assistant (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician Assistant (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Physician Assistant, Emergency Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician Assistant, General Surgery (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician Assistant, Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician Assistant, Orthopedics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician Assistant, Otolaryngology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician Assistant, Otoloyngology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician Assistant, Perfusionist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician's Assistant (Coast Guard - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician's Assistant (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)
  • Physician's Assistant (Navy - Commissioned or Warrant Officer)
  • Physicians Assistant (Coast Guard - Warrant Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Medical-Service Technician
  • Physician Assistant