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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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.

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Guide: Planning a Break From Practice

Here are some considerations for PAs who wish to take a break from full-time clinical practice.

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Checklist: Leaving a Job

You will no doubt move through a series of positions in your PA career. Here’s how to make a job transition gracefully with professional bridges intact.