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Physician Assistants

OaSIS code 31303.01

Physician assistants provide a range of health services to patients delivering preventive and continuous care toward the management of patients' health.

Overview

Also known as

  • Physician assistant

Main duties

This group performs some or all of the following duties:

  • Conduct patient interviews, physical assessments and take medical histories
  • Perform or order diagnostic tests and interpret results
  • In consultation with a supervising physician, formulate and implement treatment plans and monitor patients' progress
  • Perform and assist in minor surgery
  • Provide health maintenance education
  • May participate in research activities
  • May prescribe from a limited list of medications.

Additional information

  • There is no mobility between these occupations without further training.

Similar occupations classified elsewhere

Exclusions:

  • Managers in health care (30010)
  • Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine (31100)
  • Specialists in surgery (31101)
  • General practitioners and family physicians (31102)
  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating (31209)
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses (31301)
  • Nurse practitioners (31302)
  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists (32200)
  • Other practitioners of natural healing (32209)

NOC hierarchy breakdown

NOC version

NOC 2021 Version 1.0

Broad occupational category

3 – Health occupations

TEER

1 – Occupations usually require a university degree

Major group

31 – Professional occupations in health

Sub-major group

313 – Nursing and allied health professionals

Minor group

3130 – Nursing and allied health professionals

Unit group

31303 – Physician assistants, midwives and allied health professionals

Occupational profile

31303.01 – Physician Assistants

Work characteristics

Work characteristics gathers the various components describing the work environment of each occupation, such as employers, work activities, and the work context. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of complexity (for Work Activities) or other measurement dimensions (for Work Context), and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Work Activities

Proficiency or complexity level
Assisting and Caring for Others
5 - Highest Level
Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
5 - Highest Level
Monitoring Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
5 - Highest Level
Analyzing Data or Information
4 - High Level
Applying New Knowledge
4 - High Level

Work Context

Structural Job Characteristics

Structured versus Unstructured Work
Degree of freedom to determine tasks and priorities
3 - Moderate amount of freedom
Work Week Duration
Worked hours in a typical week
3 - More than 40 hours

Physical Work Environment

Physical Proximity
Physical distance from others
5 - Physically touching or very close

Physical Demands

Sitting
Duration
3 - About half the time
Standing
Duration
3 - About half the time
Bending or Twisting the Body
Duration
1 - Very little time

Interpersonal Relations

Contact with Others
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously
Duration
5 - All the time, or almost all the time
Work with Work Group or Team
Importance
5 - Extremely important
Frequency
5 - Every day, almost continuously

Workplaces/employers

  • Clinics
  • Hospitals
  • Private practice, including group or team practices

Skills and abilities

This section displays the various competencies required for an occupation. Each category displays up to 10 descriptors in descending order based, firstly, on their attributed ratings by the level of proficiency (for Skills and Abilities) or importance (for Personal Attributes) and secondly, in alphabetical order. The whole list of descriptors and their ratings can be expanded at the bottom of each page.

Abilities

Proficiency or complexity level
Problem Identification
5 - Highest Level
Arm-Hand Steadiness
4 - High Level
Categorization Flexibility
4 - High Level
Deductive Reasoning
4 - High Level
Fluency of Ideas
4 - High Level

Skills

Proficiency or complexity level
Oral Communication: Oral Comprehension
5 - Highest Level
Social Perceptiveness
5 - Highest Level
Coordinating
4 - High Level
Critical Thinking
4 - High Level
Decision Making
4 - High Level

Personal Attributes

Importance
Attention to Detail
5 - Extremely important
Collaboration
5 - Extremely important
Concern for Others
5 - Extremely important
Service Orientation
5 - Extremely important
Stress Tolerance
5 - Extremely important