CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Physician Assistants

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Physician Assistants
Summary Job Description Tasks
Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. May, in some cases, prescribe medication. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants. Examine patients to obtain information about their physical condition.
Interpret diagnostic test results for deviations from normal.
Make tentative diagnoses and decisions about management and treatment of patients.
Obtain, compile and record patient medical data, including health history, progress notes and results of physical examination.
Administer or order diagnostic tests, such as x-ray, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
Prescribe therapy or medication with physician approval.
Perform therapeutic procedures, such as injections, immunizations, suturing and wound care, and infection management.
Instruct and counsel patients about prescribed therapeutic regimens, normal growth and development, family planning, emotional problems of daily living, and health maintenance.
Provide physicians with assistance during surgery or complicated medical procedures.
Supervise and coordinate activities of technicians and technical assistants.
Visit and observe patients on hospital rounds or house calls, updating charts, ordering therapy, and reporting back to physician.
Order medical and laboratory supplies and equipment.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Physician Assistants
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Medicine and Dentistry Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
Biology Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Therapy and Counseling Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Chemistry Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Physician Assistants
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Physician Assistants
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
Number Facility The ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Physician Assistants
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
ChartWare software Medical software
Electronic medical record EMR software Medical software
Patient records software for personal digital assistants PDAs Storage media loading software
Spreadsheet software Spreadsheet software
Teleconferencing software Video conferencing software
Web browser software Internet browser software
Word processing software Word processing software
Anesthesia equipment Anesthesia sets or kits
Anesthesia ventilators Anesthesia inhalers or inhaler units or accessories
Anoscopes Anoscopes or proctoscopes
Arterial blood gas monitoring equipment Arterial blood gas monitors or accessories
Arterial line catheters Arterial line catheters
Artery forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
Aspirating needles Vacuum tube needles
Audiometers Audiometers or accessories
Binocular light compound microscopes Binocular light compound microscopes
Blood collection needles Blood collection needles
Blood collection syringes Blood collection syringes
Bone marrow biopsy equipment Spinal trays or needles
Breath alcohol testers Alcohol analysers
Bull dog nose clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
Canes Canes or cane accessories
Cast removal saws Cast cutters or saws
Central venous pressure lines Central venous catheters
Cervical collars Cervical collars or neck braces
Chest tubes Pleural cavity drainage unit or accessories
Crutches Crutches or crutch accessories
Defibrillators Automated external defibrillators AED or hard paddles
Dissector rods Surgical dissectors
Doppler ultrasound fetascopes Fetal or gynecological ultrasound or echo units
Doppler vascular equipment Cardiac ultrasound or doppler or echo units or cardioscopes
Electrocardiography EKG units Electrocardiography EKG units
Electrocautery devices Electrosurgical or electrocautery equipment or accessories or related products
Electronic blood pressure monitors Electronic blood pressure units
Endoscopic camera/video systems Endoscopic video cameras or recorders or adapters or accessories
Evacuated blood collection tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
Eye charts Eye charts or vision cards
Fluoroscopes Medical cine fluoroscopy equipment
Glucometers Glucose monitors or meters
Halo fixation devices Head or neck traction supplies
Harvester rods Surgical dissectors
High-frequency ventilators High frequency ventilators
Holter monitors Long term continuous electrocardiography EKG or holter monitoring systems
Interthercal therapy equipment Infusion pump kits or accessories
Intra-aortic balloon pumps IABP Intraaortic balloon pumps or accessories
Intracranial pressure monitors Intracranial pressure ICP monitoring units or accessories
Intramuscular needles Hypodermic needles
Intravenous IV equipment Intravenous tubing with catheter administration kits
Knee braces Knee braces or hinged knee supports
Lancets Lancets
Laser printers Laser printers
Life support for trauma and transport LSTAT intensive care units Emergency response litters or stretchers or accessories
Lumbar puncture equipment Spinal trays or needles
Manual blood pressure units Mercury blood pressure units
Mechanical stethoscopes Mechanical stethoscopes or accessories
Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI machines Medical magnetic resonance imaging MRI scanners
Microscope slides Microscope slides
Mosquito artery forceps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
Nail nippers Floor grade nail nippers
Nail probes Surgical probes or directors
Nasogastric tubes Nasogastric tubes
Nebulizers Nebulizers or accessories
Needle holders Surgical needle holders for general use
Notebook computers Notebook computers
Operating microscopes Surgical microscopes or loops or magnifiers or accessories
Ophthalmoscopes Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
Otoscopes Ophthalmoscopes or otoscopes or scope sets
Oximeters Pulse oximeter units
Personal computers Personal computers
Personal digital assistants PDA Personal digital assistant PDAs or organizers
Plastic surgery lasers Surgical lasers or accessories
Portable satellite telehealth terminals Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
Pulmonary function testing PFT equipment Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
Reflex hammers Reflex hammers or mallets
Retractors Surgical retractors for general use
Scalpel blades Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
Scalpel handles Surgical scalpels or knives or blades or trephines or accessories
Slit lamps Ophthalmic slit lamps
Spirometers Spirometers or its accessories or its supplies
Splints Orthopedic splint systems
Subclavian lines Central venous catheters
Subcutaneous hypodermic needles Hypodermic needles
Surgical curettes Surgical curettes or loops
Suture scissors Suture removers
Suturing needles Suture needles
Swan catheters Diagnostic or interventional vascular catheters or sets
Tablet computers Tablet computers
Teleradiology systems Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine DICOM standard system equipment
Tong traction devices Head or neck traction supplies
Tongue blades Tongue depressors or blades or sticks
Tourniquets Tourniquets
Tracheal suctioning equipment Suction kits
Treadmills Treadmill exercisers for rehabilitation or therapy
Trocars Surgical trocars for general use or accessories
Tuberculin TB skin test equipment Tuberculin syringes
Vacutainer tubes Vacuum blood collection tubes or containers
Vaginal specula Vaginal exam specula
Vascular straight aortic clamps Surgical clamps or clips or forceps or accessories
Videoconferencing equipment Videoconferencing systems
Walkers Walkers or rollators
Walking braces Walking braces
X ray machines Medical x ray units for general diagnostic use
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Physician Assistants
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Physician Assistants
Alternate Job Title(s)
Anesthesiologist Assistant
Anesthetic Assistant
Cardiology Physician Assistant
Cardiothoracic Surgery Physician Assistant
Cardiovascular Physician Assistant
Certified Physician's Assistant
Dermatology Physician Assistant
Doctor Assistant
Emergency Medicine Physician Assistant
Emergency Room Physician Assistant
Emergency Services Physician Assistant
Family Nurse Practitioner
Family Practice Physician Assistant
General Surgery Physician Assistant
Gynecological Assistant
Medical Service Technician
Midlevel Provider
Neurosurgical Physician Assistant
Nurse Practitioner
Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician Assistant
Orthopaedic Physician Assistant
Orthopedic Physician Assistant
Pediatric Physician Assistant
Physician Assistant (PA)
Physician Assistant Certified (PAC)
Physician Extender
Physician's Assistant
Surgeon Assistant
Surgery Technician (Surgery Tech)
Surgical First Assistant
Surgical Physician Assistant
Thoracic Physician Assistant
CompGeo Occupation Group: Health Care
Job Family: Health Services - Other
Benchmark Title: Physician Assistants
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