U.S. News & World Report Updates Description of PAs in 2020 Best Jobs Rankings

PAs Named No. 3 Best Job Overall and No. 2 in Healthcare

January 7, 2020

By Jenni Roberson

U.S. News & World Report released its annual Best Jobs rankings, keeping the PA profession as the No. 3 best job and making an important update to the profile of a PA that more accurately describes how PAs and physicians work together.

While the PA profession has long held a top spot on this well-respected list, in previous years the profile stated that “PAs are required by law to practice under the supervision of a physician or surgeon.” Following requests from AAPA, the profile now states that “in most states, PAs must collaborate with a licensed physician or surgeon to practice.”

“U.S. News & World Report’s Best Jobs is a widely trusted source of information for job seekers and individuals exploring possible career paths, and that’s why it is so important the information provided by U.S. News accurately describes how PAs work in today’s healthcare environment,” said Carrie Munk, AAPA’s vice president of Communications.

Following software developer (No. 1) and dentist (No. 2) as the No. 3 best job, the PA profession’s high ranking is a nod to the many benefits of a PA career including the median salary, growth rate, work life balance, and other key criteria evaluated by U.S. News. In the Best Jobs in Healthcare subcategory, PA was named the No. 2 best job.

David E. Mittman, PA, DFAAPA, president and chair of the AAPA Board of Directors, spoke with U.S. News and is quoted in The 25 Best Jobs of 2020 slideshow that is part of the Best Jobs package of information available on the news website.

“Because we are highly trained, collaborative and versatile, we are a ready solution to some of the most pressing health care challenges of today, like access to medical care and provider shortages in underserved and rural areas,” said Mittman, underscoring how choosing to be a PA is not just about making a solid career decision but also about being a part of the mission to ensure our country can meet patient needs now and in the future.

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Jenni Roberson is director of Media Relations at AAPA. Contact her at [email protected]