Employment Opportunities

Employment opportunities for PAs exist in all specialties and settings. Because of the reputation and history of the Duke program, our graduates are in demand. Our students benefit from our large alumni network, which includes PAs practicing across the country in a variety of clinical, research, administrative, and academic settings.

In 2019, the average starting salary for Duke PA graduates was $100,646. The PA program provides employment placement counseling and assistance for new graduates.

Members of the Duke PA Class of 2020 are employed as physician assistants in the following distribution:

  • Primary Care (family medicine, pediatrics, general internal medicine): 30%
  • Surgery: 18%
  • Emergency Medicine: 18%
  • Internal Medicine subspecialties: 34%

Certification and Licensure

Graduates of the PA program sit for the PA National Certifying Examination (PANCE) shortly after graduation. This examination is required for initial licensing/registration in all states.

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Job Board

Through its extensive alumni and preceptor network, the Duke Physician Assistant Program is frequently notified of employment opportunities. The program maintains a Job Board of open PA positions across the country.

The North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants also regularly posts job announcements.