Career Pathways & Outcomes

A Career as PAs

Physician assistants (PAs) are integral members of health care teams. PAs work under the direction and supervision of a licensed physician in a variety of settings including physicians’ offices, hospitals, and outpatient clinics.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 31% from 2020 to 2030.

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Graduate Employment Statistics

Each summer, Career Services issues an employment survey to alumni of all programs who graduated one year ago. We are pleased to report that a majority of our graduates consistently find employment within the first three months after graduating. Take a closer look at the results of our surveys.

  • 100% of PA class of 2021 graduates are licensed to practices as a PA.
  • 98% of PA class of 2021 passed their PANCE examination on their first attempt.
  • Just 2.5% took a formal board review course outside of Tufts before taking the PANCE

The employment rate for the PA class of 2021 (graduated February 2021) was 96% within six months of graduation:

Type of Employer

Type of Employer Percentage (of reported outcomes)
Teaching Hospitals 31%
Government 4%
Private Practice 31%
Hospitals 34%
Total 100%


  • Graduates earned a median of $100, 500.
  • Graduates earn between $90,000 and $120,000

Sampling of Employers

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Cambridge Health Alliance
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Colorado Urology
  • Confluence Health
  • Massachusetts General Brigham
  • Rhode Island Medical Imaging
  • Scripps Clinic
  • Tufts Medical Center
  • VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Virginia Spine Institute

Sampling of Departments

  • Dermatology
  • Emergency
  • Family Health
  • General Surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Primary Care
  • Radiology
  • Urology