If you’re a physician assistant, there’s really only one question you need answered: Where do you want to work.
The answer will probably depend on a variety of factors, and how much weight you put on each.
Pay, job prospects and career advancement opportunities typically top the list. But when you consider that physician assistants are in incredibly high demand these days, other factors seem to take on increased importance–community, cost of living and overall quality of life.
And when you add the tangible benefits of being a physician assistant with the intangible, it becomes clear that New Hampshire is a great place to be.
Here’s a look at the top benefits of being a physician assistant in New Hampshire:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean annual wage for physician assistants across the country is $102,090.
But in the Granite State, it’s even better. Yes, compensation is one of the top benefits of being a physician assistant in New Hampshire, where the mean annual wage is a whopping $112,670.
That’s a number that tops states including New York, Massachusetts, California and Minnesota, according to government statistics.
It wasn’t that long ago when many people–patients and physicians alike–weren’t quite sure what to make of physician assistants. Some were confused about exactly what PAs did in the clinical setting. Others simply refused to accept the fact that anyone other than a doctor could diagnose and treat illnesses.
New Hampshire has always been different.
One of the top benefits of being a physician assistant in New Hampshire is the appreciation that patients, community hospitals and physicians have shown for PAs.
It’s why four out of the top 100 cities in the country for physician assistants are located in New Hampshire, according to ValuePenguin.
Appreciation matters. And physician assistants are appreciated in New Hampshire.
Thanks to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, you already know that job opportunities for physician assistants have exploded over the past couple of years and are expected to grow at a rate of more than 30 percent over the next few years.
But did you know that New Hampshire is at the forefront of creating more opportunities for physician assistants?
According to Becker’s ASC Review, physician assistant jobs increased by nearly 20 percent between 2015 and 2016. That means there are a lot of opportunities in the New Hampshire–and those opportunities are likely to continue to grow.
No physician assistant should ever feel like an island, and you will never have to worry about feeling unsupported or all alone when you’re working as a PA in New Hampshire.
Even if you don’t always realize it, the support provided by your colleagues is one of the top benefits of being a physician assistant in New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire Society of Physician Assistants (NHSPA) is incredibly active and creative in providing PAs with opportunities for professional development, socialization, and plain old support.
It may not be the biggest professional organization in the country, but it’s members will tell you it’s one of the best.
Every PA is going to want to get away from the office once in a while, and there is no better state in which to escape than New Hampshire.
You’ve got wonderful wilderness and mountains to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, big cities, small towns and two of the countries largest metropolitan areas just short distances away in New York City and Boston.
No matter your interests, you’ll be able to find it in New Hampshire.
Are you ready for a New Hampshire physician assistant role? Apply to Elliot Health System!
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