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Occupational Employment Statistics


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. 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).

Geography Click link for Career Profile EmploymentEmp SE*Percentiles
Northwest Minnesota 21024$63.16/hr$49.55/hr$53.76/hr$62.89/hr$68.15/hr$80.08/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services10$69.15/hr
Education and Health Services3,500$62.13/hr
Public AdministrationN/AN/A
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 20$63.22/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 40$62.78/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 70$59.75/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 90$64.48/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 100$64.66/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 120$64.40/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 150$61.83/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 160$63.39/hr28.6%
Duluth MN-WI MSA 160$52.61/hrN/A
St Cloud MN MSA 160$56.05/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 160$53.37/hr28.6%
Northwest Balance of State 190$62.89/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 210$62.89/hr29.2%
Central Minnesota 300$62.58/hr30.9%
Rochester MN MSA 1,100$62.13/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 1,180$62.13/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,510$64.82/hr30.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,620$64.82/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,530$62.13/hr31.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Medical Assistants 12,120$23.96/hr16.1%
Dermatologists 660>$100/hrN/A
Nurse Midwives 340$57.52/hr12.2%

  • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
  • 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.
  • Control anesthesia levels during procedures.
  • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
  • Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance.
  • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
  • Assist anesthesiologists in monitoring of patients, including electrocardiogram (EKG), direct arterial pressure, central venous pressure, arterial blood gas, hematocrit, or routine measurement of temperature, respiration, blood pressure or heart rate.
  • Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
  • Monitor and document patients' progress during post-anesthesia period.