This occupation has a low probability of automation.

14.0% probability

of automation

37.4% growth

projected to 2026

106,200 employed

currently in the US

$102,090 annual wage

US, median ($49.08 hourly)

What they do

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).

Risk of automation

This occupation is 14.0% likely to be automated. It ranks 190 of 702 occupations analyzed (higher rank means higher likelihood).

People affected and economic value

In the US, 106,200 people have this job. They earn $102,090 per year on average (the mean annual wage). The occupation therefore represents $10,841,958,000 in annual economic value. The mean hourly wage for this occupation is $49.08.

Official growth forecast

This occupation is projected to grow 37.4% between 2016 and 2026. At this rate, there would be 145,900 people with this job at that time.

References and notes

This article uses data from "The Future of Employment" (PDF), a 2013 study from University of Oxford researchers, and US Bureau of Labor Statistics files including Standard Occupational Classification 2010 Definitions (XLS), May 2016 Occupational Employment Statistics (zip) and 2016-2026 Employment Projections (XLS).