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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.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
    • Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
    • Obtain, compile, and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes, and results of physical examination.
    • Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
    • Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
    • Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
    • Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance.
    • Perform therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management.
    • Visit and observe patients on hospital rounds or house calls, updating charts, ordering therapy, and reporting back to physician.
    • Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.
    • Supervise and coordinate activities of technicians and technical assistants.
    • Order medical and laboratory supplies and equipment.

    Skills

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    6
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Inductive Reasoning

      The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    Knowledge

    • Medicine and Dentistry

      Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

    • Biology

      Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 109190/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 52.5/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 4,500
    • Yearly Projected Openings 410

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Concern for Others
    • Integrity
    • Dependability
    • Cooperation
    • Stress Tolerance

    Tools

    • Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
    • Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
    • Hypodermic needle
    • Head or neck traction supplies
    • Central venous catheters

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Spreadsheet software
    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
    • Internet browser software

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