Specialties, Modes of Practice, and Nonclinical Career Paths

Areas of Practice Guide

The Areas of Practice Guide is a collection of data, CME, personal perspectives, networking and job opportunities, and other tools and resources that AAPA has pulled together to help you succeed. The guide can help you select your first specialty, decide on a new career focus, or excel in your chosen path.

While the guide is available to all PAs and PA students at no charge, login is required for both members and nonmembers. Certain features such as the specialty data tables are reserved for AAPA members. Become a member for full access!

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Additional Resources

PA Career Flexibility

PAs have so many career options today – from the traditional clinical path in a variety of specialties to a focus on administration, education, research, and more. Many PAs are treating patients via newer modes of practice like telemedicine, which offers increased access to care for millions of patients nationwide. Learn more about PA career flexibility by exploring AAPA research on this topic.

Changing Specialties

According to AAPA research, most PAs change specialties at least once, and they’re changing specialties for a variety of reasons, including a desire to switch clinical focus and better work/life balance. Just starting to explore a specialty switch or other career transition? Check out these tips and begin to define what a dream job means to you.

PAs are increasingly considering nonclinical roles due to burnout and other factors. Read more about the steps to making a nonclinical career move.

Climbing the Ladder

If your goal is to excel in your current specialty, check out AAPA’s Career Advancement resources on topics such as financial health, workplace leadership training, healthcare degree pathways, and more.

Taking a Break or Resigning From Employment

Before taking a break from full-time clinical practice or resigning from your current job, make sure you have a plan in place. Find guidance on these topics and more using AAPA’s Career Transition resources.