Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1071 Physician Assistants
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. Exclude "Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics" (29-2041), "Medical Assistants" (31-9092), and "Registered Nurses" (29-1111).
Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
OJT: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
Tasks: Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition. Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients. Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval. Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests. Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal. Obtain, compile and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes and results of physical examination. Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance. Visit and observe patients on hospital rounds or house calls, updating charts, ordering therapy, and reporting back to physician. Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures. Perform therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management. Supervise and coordinate activities of technicians and technical assistants.
License: This applicant should submit a State Board of Medical Examiners approved application with the appropriate fee as determined by the Board. The applicant may be required to submit additional information that the Board deems necessary to evaluate the applicant’s qualifications. Application Fee: $200.00 Annual Renewal: $100.00 (due by December 31) Background Fee: $65.00 Physician Certification Fee: $100.00 for each supervising Relationship
Outlook: Excellent
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $34.84   Entry $72,456.00
Mean $49.04   Mean $101,992.00
Experience $56.14 Experience $116,765.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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