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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

Related Occupations

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

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Certified Nurse Midwife (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medical Service (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Apprentice, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Flight and Operational Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Independent Duty Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Craftsman, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Helper, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Flight and Operational Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Independent Duty Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Neurodiagnostic Medical Technician (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medical Service Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist, Airlift (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist, Bomber (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist, C2ISREW (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist, Fighter (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist, General (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist, Helicopter (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist, RPA (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist, Special Operations (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist, Tanker (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Aerospace Medicine Specialist, Trainer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Allergist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Allergist, Clinical Immunologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Anesthesiologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Anesthesiologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Anesthesiologist, Cardiothoracic (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Anesthesiologist, Pain Management (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Cardiologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Child Neurologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Geneticist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Clinical Pharmacologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Critical Care Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Critical Care Medicine, Pediatrics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dermatologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dermatologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dermatologist, Dermatologic Surgery (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dermatologist, Dermatopathology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dermatologist, Pediatric Dermatology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Body Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Cardiothoracic Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Musculoskeletal (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Neuroradiology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Nuclear Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Pediatric (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Special Procedures (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Diagnostic Radiologist, Women s Imaging (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Dietitian (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Emergency Physician (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Emergency Services Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Emergency Services Physician, Emergency Medicine Specialist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Endocrinologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Family Medicine (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Family Nurse Practitioner (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Family Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Family Physician, Obstetrics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Family Physician, Pain Management (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Family Physician, Sports Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Field Surgeon (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Flight Surgeon (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Gastroenterologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon, Airlift (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon, Bomber (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon, C2ISREW (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon, Fighter (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon, General (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon, Helicopter (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon, RPA (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon, Special Operations (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon, Tanker (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Medicine Officer (GMO) Flight Surgeon, Trainer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • General Practice Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Infectious Disease Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Cardiology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Endocrinology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Gastroenterology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Geriatrics/Palliative Care Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Hematology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Infectious Diseases (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Nephrology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Oncology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Pulmonary Diseases (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Rheumatology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Internist, Sleep Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Oncologist/Hematologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Service Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Medical Specialist Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nephrologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Neurologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Neurologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Neurologist, Sleep Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nuclear Medicine Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nurse Anesthetist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Nurse Corps Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Endocrinology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Maternal-Fetal Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Minimally-Invasive Gynecologic Surgery (MIGS) (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Oncology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Urognyecology/Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Urogynecology/Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Occupational Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Cornea/External Disease (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Glaucoma (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Neuro-Ophthalmology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Oculoplastics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Pathology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Strabismus/Pediatrics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Ophthalmologist, Vitreous/Retina (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Otolaryngologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Otorhinolaryngologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Otorhinolaryngologist, Facial Plastic Surgery (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Otorhinolaryngologist, Head and Neck Surgical Oncology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Otorhinolaryngologist, Laryngology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Otorhinolaryngologist, Otology/Neurotology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Otorhinolaryngologist, Pediatric Otolaryngology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Otorhinolaryngologist, Rhinology and Cranial Base Surgery (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Otorhinolaryngologist, Sleep Surgeon (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Adolescent Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Cardiology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Child Abuse (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Developmental Pediatrics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Endocrinology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Gastroenterology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Hematology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Infectious Diseases (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Neonatology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Nephrology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Neurology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Pulmonology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pediatrician, Sleep Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physiatrist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Medicine Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physical Therapy (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • 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)
  • Pilot-Physician (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pilot-Physician, Airlift (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pilot-Physician, Bomber (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pilot-Physician, C2ISREW (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pilot-Physician, Fighter (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pilot-Physician, General (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pilot-Physician, Helicopter (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pilot-Physician, RPA (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pilot-Physician, Special Operations (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pilot-Physician, Tanker (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pilot-Physician, Trainer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Podiatrist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Podiatry (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Preventive Medicine Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatric/Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist, Child Psychiatry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Psychiatrist, Forensic Psychiatry (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care Officer (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Radiation Oncologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, Airlift (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, Bomber (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, C2ISREW (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, Fighter (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, General (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, Helicopter (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, RPA (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, Special Operations (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, Tanker (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, Trainer (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Rheumatologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Specialist Allied Operations (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surgeon (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surgeon, Cardiac (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surgeon, Colon and Rectal (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surgeon, Neurological (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surgeon, Oncology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surgeon, Pediatric (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surgeon, Peripheral Vascular (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surgeon, Plastic (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surgeon, Thoracic (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Surgeon, Trauma/Critical Care (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Urologist (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Urologist (Army - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Urologist, Endourology/Robotics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Urologist, Female Urology/Reconstruction (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Urologist, Oncology (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)
  • Urologist, Pediatrics (Air Force - Commissioned Officer only)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

No information available.

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Medical-Service Technician
  • Physician Assistant