According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for Physician Assistants (PA) between 2019-29 is an expected increase of 31% and for Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners (ARNP) of 45%; much faster than the average profession.
Currently, there are 125,500 physician assistants in the US. It is projected that 39,300 physician assistants will be hired from 2019 to 2029. This makes the Physician Assistant profession the 7th fastest growing occupation in the country. PAs may specialize in emergency medicine, surgery, oncology, cardiology, neurology and internal medicine. Specialist physician assistants generally earn more than non-specialists.
There are 263,400 active nurse practitioners in the US. The projected increase in ARNP jobs is 117,700 from 2019-2029. ARNPs often focus on primary care, women’s health, geriatric, pediatrics as well as psychiatry, orthopedics or urgent care.
The east coast, California and Texas have the highest number of Pas and ARNPs, with the Midwest states, Arkansas and Missouri having the least.
This exponential growth is expected to occur primarily because of an increased emphasis on preventive care and demand for healthcare services from an aging population.
One of the barriers to hiring Physician Assistants and Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioners is the initial need for additional training and supervision. Unfortunately, due to the reality of a busy medical practice, training and supervision often go to the wayside. Making an initial investment in your Advanced Practice Provider ensures that the transition from a new provider to a seasoned, experienced professional is a successful one.