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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
Southwest Minnesota 13021$62.01/hr$50.44/hr$51.82/hr$62.30/hr$65.68/hr$78.56/hr

IndustryOES Employment (Statewide)OES Median Wage (Statewide)
Professional and Business Services70$61.83/hr
Education and Health Services2,980$65.10/hr
Public Administration20$61.63/hr
Geography Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Northeast Balance of State 20$61.62/hrN/A
Grand Forks ND-MN MSA 30$63.06/hrN/A
La Crosse WI-MN MSA 40$63.59/hrN/A
Mankato-North Mankato MN MSA 40$52.18/hrN/A
Southeast Balance of State 100$64.03/hrN/A
Southwest Balance of State 120$64.75/hrN/A
Southwest Minnesota 130$62.30/hr28.6%
St Cloud MN MSA 130$61.62/hrN/A
Duluth MN-WI MSA 140$51.01/hrN/A
Fargo ND-MN MSA 140$63.12/hrN/A
Northeast Minnesota 150$51.01/hr28.6%
Northwest Balance of State 160$61.62/hrN/A
Northwest Minnesota 180$61.61/hr29.2%
Central Minnesota 270$64.03/hr30.9%
Rochester MN MSA 750$65.25/hrN/A
Southeast Minnesota 840$65.24/hrN/A
Seven County Mpls-St Paul, MN 1,490$65.47/hr30.8%
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington MN-WI MSA 1,590$65.49/hrN/A
Minnesota 3,070$65.07/hr31.4%

Occupations Click link for details EmploymentMedian WageProjections
% Change 2020-2030
Medical Assistants 10,830$24.92/hr16.1%
Dermatologists 750>$100/hrN/A
Nurse Midwives 200$61.85/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.