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PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS
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Occupation 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. Excludes "Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics" (29-2041), "Medical Assistants" (31-9092), "Registered Nurses" (29-1141), “Nurse Anesthetists” (29-1151), “Nurse Midwives” (29-1161), and “Nurse Practitioners” (29-1171).
 
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  Specialized Occupations:
 
 
  * Anesthesiologist Assistants (ONET code: 29-1071.01)
 
Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
  • 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.
  • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Perform therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do..
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people..
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures..
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment..
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders..
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures..
 
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Education & Training:
 
  Master's degree
 
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License Authority for Physician Assistant:  (License details)
 
  Department of Public Health
Health Care Systems Branch
Practitioner Licensing & Investigations Section
410 Capitol Avenue
P.O.Box 340308
Hartford, CT   006134 -00308
(860) 509-7603
email: olpc.dph@ct.gov
www.ct.gov/dph/license

 
Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $117,439.00 $56.46 $42.66 $48.68 - $64.58
Bridgeport/Stamford $116,840.00 $56.18 $43.23 $49.21 - $64.12
Danbury $123,257.00 $59.26 $45.42 $49.45 - $70.55
Hartford $117,906.00 $56.68 $41.62 $48.04 - $65.60
New Haven $116,555.00 $56.03 $46.04 $50.05 - $62.90
New London/Norwich $112,169.00 $53.93 $38.46 $43.78 - $62.45
Waterbury $121,409.00 $58.37 $46.65 $52.62 - $68.08
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2016 2026
State of Connecticut 2,020 2,600 2.5% 179
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow much faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer good or favorable job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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