U.S. News & World Report named the PA profession as the #2 Best Health Care Job and the #4 Best STEM Job in its 2024 rankings. Additionally, the profession secured the #5 spot among the 100 Best Jobs, across all occupations.
“For 7 consecutive years, the PA profession has received national recognition as a top job in health care, and I know it’s largely due to the commitment to patients each and every PA brings to their practice,” said AAPA President and Chair of the Board Folusho E. Ogunfiditimi, DM, MPH, PA-C, DFAAPA. “This recognition isn’t merely an accolade; it’s a testament to the pivotal role PAs play on healthcare teams. As we continue grow and diversify our profession, we are building a workforce that is essential to the health and well-being of America,” he said in a press release.
According to the survey, professions receive a composite score calculated from 7 of the most common attributes important to job seekers. These factors include median salary, unemployment rate, 10-year growth volume, 10-year growth percentage, future job prospects, stress level, and work-life balance.
Reflecting on current trends impacting the health care industry, namely the influence of technology and AI, President Ogunfiditimi stated, “at a time where technological advancements and the integration of artificial intelligence in healthcare, the PA profession stands firm in its influence and impact. Despite the rise of AI, the essence of the PA role—marked by personalized patient care, empathy, and a human touch—remains unchanged.”
The PA ranking was informed in part by Bureau of Labor Statistics projections that the PA profession will experience a nearly 26.5% increase in employment between 2022 and 2032, a rate that is faster than most occupations both in and out of the health care sector.
PA named #2 best health care jobs by U.S. News & World Report. AAPA website. Accessed January 10, 2022. https://www.aapa.org/news-central/2024/01/pa-named-2-best-health-care-job-by-u-s-news-world-report-2/