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These 13 States Will Have the Most NP, PA Jobs Over the Next 4 Years

You’ve likely already heard nurse practitioners and physician assistants are two of the most in-demand professions — but did you know that where you live might prevent you from taking full advantage of the opportunities this grants you?

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse practitioner openings will increase by 26 percent between 2018 and 2028. (For context, the average profession will only grow 5 percent.) Similarly, physician assistant job growth will hit 31 percent.

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More recent data from CareerBuilder parses these numbers by state. It found that the PA profession is among the fastest-growing and highest-paid in almost all 50. If you’re an NP, know that a recent survey from U.S. News & World Report dubbed your career one of the “best jobs” based on work-life balance, salary and development.

NPs and PAs are the fastest-growing jobs between 2018 and 2023 in these states:

Physician Assistants

1. Indiana – 23 percent
2. Minnesota – 20 percent
3. Virginia – 19 percent
4. Iowa – 18 percent
5. Illinois – 17 percent
6. Ohio – 17 percent
7. Wisconsin – 17 percent
8. Kentucky – 16 percent

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Nurse Practitioners

1. Arizona – 25 percent
2. Texas – 25 percent
3. Washington – 22 percent
4. Pennsylvania – 17 percent
5. Connecticut – 16 percent

Overall, CareerBuilder found the healthcare sector claimed a large chunk of the highest-paid, fastest-growing jobs. For example, register nurses topped the list in Alaska. Physical therapists are in high-demand in Arkansas, Hawaii and Nebraska. New Jersey and New York are in need of physical therapy assistants; same goes for occupational therapy assistants in California and Maryland. Florida’s number-one spot went to medical scientists (except epidemiologists).


Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Physician Assistants, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

These are the highest-paying, most in-demand jobs in every US state, CNBC.

U.S. News Announces the 2019 Best Jobs, U.S. News & World Report.

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