Physician Assistant Ranked Best Job in America, with Nurse Practitioner and Physician Close Behind

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March 17, 2021 03:05 AM (GMT-04:00)
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The results are in, and we’re not one bit surprised! Physician assistant (PA) was ranked #1 among the 100 Best Jobs by U.S. News & World Report. This year, healthcare jobs led the pack, with Nurse Practitioner (NP) ranked #3, and Physician, #5. In fact, careers in healthcare dominated the entire list: 42 of the 100 Best Jobs for 2021. were in the healthcare industry.

Highly ranked positions share several characteristics, many of which were reinforced by the demands of the pandemic. Top careers are those that are in high demand and have significant growth potential. They also offer superb work-life balance and lower stress levels. Finally, they feature high median salaries and low unemployment rates. Here’s an overview of how the roles of PA, NP, and physician measured up:

#1 Best Job – Physician Assistant

Benefits of being a PA:

  • Ability to examine, diagnose, and treat patients
  • Either autonomy of practice or collaboration with physician (depending on state)
  • Less training required than an MD
  • Some potential for upward mobility
  • Relatively lower stress level
  • Above average for flexibility and work-life balance
  • High job satisfaction: 96% of PAs would recommend the career to others

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for PA:

  • Median Salary of $112,260
  • Unemployment Rate of 0.7%
  • Number of jobs (10-year outlook) 39,300
  • Expected 10-year employment growth rate of 31.3%

#3 Best Job – Nurse Practitioner

Benefits of being an NP:

  • Ability to examine, diagnose, and treat patients
  • Either autonomy of practice or collaboration with physician (depending on state)
  • More training than an RN, but less than an MD
  • Potential for upward mobility
  • Relatively lower stress level but below average flexibility and work-life balance

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for NP:

  • Median Salary of $109,820
  • Unemployment Rate of 1.2%
  • Number of jobs (10-year outlook) 110,700
  • Expected 10-year employment growth rate of 52.4%

#5 Best Job – Physician

Benefits of being a physician:

  • Ability to examine, diagnose, and treat patients
  • Autonomy of practice
  • Significant upward mobility
  • Average flexibility and work-life balance but higher stress level than PA or NP

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for physician:

  • Median Salary of $206,500
  • Unemployment Rate of 0.3%
  • Number of jobs (10-year outlook) 18,500
  • Expected 10-year employment growth rate 4.3%

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