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Northwest WDA I: Whatcom county
Qualification: Balanced SOC code: 291071 Physician Assistants

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. Excludes "Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics" (292041), "Medical Assistants" (319092), "Registered Nurses" (291141), “Nurse Anesthetists” (291151), “Nurse Midwives” (291161), and “Nurse Practitioners” (291171).

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the typical level of education that most workers need to enter this occupation is: Master's degree. Additional training, experience, licenses or credentials may be required. Learn more at BLS.
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Qualification status for Physician Assistants in the other WDAs included below, for relevant areas.
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QualificationSoc area
Demand All workforce development areas, all counties
Balanced Pacific Mountain WDA: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Mason, Pacific, Thurston counties
Demand Snohomish WDA: Snohomish County
Demand Seattle King WDA: King County
Not in demand Pierce WDA: Pierce County
Demand Spokane WDA: Spokane County
Balanced Southwest WDA I: Cowlitz, Wahkiakum counties
Demand North Central WDA I: Chelan/Douglas counties
Balanced South Central WDA I: Kittitas County
Balanced Olympic Consortium WDA I: Kitsap county
Balanced Northwest WDA II: Skagit county
Balanced Southwest WDA II: Clark County
Demand North Central WDA II: Grant, Adams counties
Balanced South Central WDA II: Klickitat County
Balanced Olympic Consortium WDA II: Clallam, Jefferson counties
Balanced Northwest WDA III: Island, San Juan counties
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