Learn about the types of people who become physician assistants. This page goes into detail about the employment, gender, and ethnic ratios of the workplace.
Employment Type Mix, 2023
87% of physician assistants work in full-time roles while 13% work part-time.
Gender Mix By Career Interest, 2023
This graph shows the distribution of females and males that are interested in becoming a physician assistant. Four or five star ratings on CareerExplorer indicate interest.
More women than men are interested in becoming physician assistants at a ratio of 1.43 to 1.
Actual Gender Mix, 2023
75% of physician assistants are female and 25% are male.
Gender Bias, 2023
This is one of the most compelling statistics we collect. Gender bias shows the difference between gender interest in being a physician assistant and the actual gender mix of people in the career.
If there is a significant difference, then it means there is a gender imbalance between those interested in becoming a physician assistant and those who end up becoming one.
In this case there are more men interested in becoming a physician assistant than those actually working as one. It is hard to pinpoint the exact reasons why, but there are likely various forces at play, from changing interests over time to societal norms and biases.
Ethnic Mix, 2019
The largest ethnic group of physician assistants are White, making up 56% of the population. The next highest segments are Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish and Black or African American, making up 14% and 10% respectively.