Here's how to score the hottest job in Georgia

12:17 p.m Monday, Feb. 29, 2016 Atlanta News
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While the career cam be a rewarding one, the road to become a PA can be intense.

Looking for a job with fast growth, above average wages and at least 100 expected annual job openings in Georgia?

The Georgia Dept. of Labor (GDOL) analyzed several careers, and found that physician assistant (PA) is the hottest job, and is expected to grow 67.9 percent by 2022.

With an average annual salary of $97,360 in metro Atlanta, PAs perform services including diagnostic evaluations, therapeutic remediation, surgical assistance and pharmaceutical prescription, according to PhysicianAssistantEDU.org.

While the career can be a rewarding one, the road to becoming a PA can be intense.

How to become a physician assistant in Georgia

1. Graduate from an accredited PA program: In order to have a license approved by the Georgia Composite Medical Board, applicants must complete a two- or three-year PA program that combines classroom instruction and clinical experience. The program must also be accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant. [Read more]

2. Pass the PA National Certifying Exam: The five-hour, 300 multiple-choice question exam covers topics such as the musculoskeletal system, clinical intervention and cardiovascular system. [Read more]

3. Apply for licensure to the Georgia Composite Medical Board: Applicants must provide a $300 fee, references from licensed physicians, current resume and more. [Read more]

4. Maintain the PA license: A PA license expires every two years. In order to renew, PAs must complete 40 hours of continuing medical education, submit renewal application and pay the associated fee. [Read more]

Physician assistant career specialties

• Cardiovascular and thoracic surgery

• Emergency medicine

• Family medicine

• Geriatrics

• Hospital medicine

• Internal medicine

• Nephrology

• Obstetrics and gynecology

• Oncology

• Orthopedic surgery

• Pediatrics

• Psychiatry / mental health

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