Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants Report High Levels of Job Satisfaction as Income, Demand Grow

Mike York
COO, PraticeMatch

“The intensifying competition for NPs and PAs has been well-documented in recent years, and that demand is projected to grow further.”

Nurse practitioners and physician assistants are enjoying high levels of job satisfaction in their profession as their value increases in the healthcare workforce, according to a survey recently released by PracticeMatch, a company that provides resources such as job boards, career fairs, and candidate leads to healthcare employers of physicians and advanced practice clinicians.

Only six percent of respondents described themselves as unsatisfied in their careers as PAs and NPs. The majority of participants revealed varying degrees of job satisfaction, including 38 percent of NPs and 44 percent of PAs who are “very satisfied” with their current roles, and about one fourth of total participants are “extremely satisfied.”

The survey of more than 1,000 NPs and PAs also revealed that most clinicians increased their income in 2016 over 2015, with 12 percent of respondents reporting an increase of eight percent or more.

“Our clients have increased their hiring of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in recent years, to the extent that we have expanded our products and services to offer additional support to employers of PAs and NPs, and resources for those clinicians as well,” states Mike York, chief operations officer of PracticeMatch. “We hope that this information helps healthcare employers when planning their staffing strategy for PAs and NPs needed to meet their patient demand.”

Among clinicians who are entered the workforce within the past ten years, a slightly higher proportion (14 percent) of those individuals reported receiving a…

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