We surveyed 485 physician assistants to better understand the work environment and required skills of a typical physician assistant. Here are the results.

How much intelligence is required as a physician assistant?



Working as a physician assistant typically requires higher levels of intelligence when compared with the average career. This means that physician assistants are required to actively learn new things related to their discipline and solve complex problems.

Can I learn to become a physician assistant?

Intrinsic Talent

Acquired Talent

A career as a physician assistant typically depends predominantly on qualities you’re born with, with a small aspect of skills you can learn.

Is it easy to get a job as a physician assistant?



It’s typically difficult to find a job as a physician assistant. If you’re curious about the numbers, check out the job market for physician assistants.


Do physician assistants work full-time or part-time?

87% of physician assistants work in full-time roles while 13% work part-time.