Career Resources

Areas of Practice Guide

Explore a new career direction or specialty with this collection of AAPA and partner resources, salary data, and CME on various practice areas, including Administration, Dermatology, Education, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Hospital Medicine, Internal Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Telemedicine, and Urgent Care.

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Guide: Cover Letters

A well-written cover letter is an effective way to introduce yourself and your work to prospective employers and spark their interest in meeting you. Cover letters should be concise, lively, and tailored to each position for which you apply.

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Checklist: Records to Maintain

There are standard records that all practicing PAs (and PA students) should collect and maintain. We’ve compiled them into a detailed and handy checklist so you can make sure you have what you need.

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Video: Which Career Path Is Right for You?

There are so many ways to be a PA…from clinical practice in dozens of specialties to non-clinical careers in research and education. Check out our video to help you explore your options and take advantage of tools to help you get there!

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Checklist: New Graduate

You’ve graduated…now, make sure you’re ready to practice with our checklist for new graduates.

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Anatomy of a Contract

Use our interactive tool to familiarize yourself with a contract. We’ve outlined the key elements typically found in PA employment contracts and offered some advice on what to expect, ask for, and be wary of in each section.

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Checklist: Contract Assessment & Negotiation

Negotiate a contract that empowers you, fits your needs, and protects you. Start with this thorough checklist to assess an employer’s contract for how well it meets your needs — and to identify areas for negotiation.

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Worksheet: Creating a Budget

One of the key transitions from PA program to practicing is financial. We’ve got PA-specific budget worksheets to help you make a personal financial plan.

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Video: Top Tips for a Healthy PA Work Life

Building a rewarding and successful PA career involves more than caring for your patients. We’ve got some expert advice in our video on how to avoid pitfalls, take care of yourself, and establish healthy relationships.