Pittsburgh, PA (population: 305,708) has five physician assistant schools within its city limits. Duquesne University, the highest ranked school in the city with a physician assistant program, has a total student population of 10,294. It is the 166th highest ranked school in the USA and the 12th highest in the state of Pennsylvania (#1 is University of Pennsylvania).
Physician Assistant students from Pittsburgh schools who go on to become physician assistants. have a good chance at finding employment. For example, there are 76,900 people working as physician assistants alone in the US, and their average annual salary is $84,830. Also, Medical assistants make on average $29,450 per year and there are about 495,970 of them employed in the US today. In fact, in the Pittsburgh area alone, there are 5,510 employed medical assistants earning an average salary of $27,470. Physician assistants in this area earn $68,820/yr and there are 860 employed.
Pittsburgh lies in Allegheny county, which is one of the 32 counties in Pennsylvania. Overall, the Pittsburgh area has 1,114,880 total employed workers according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, with a 0.5% unemployment rate, $19.93/hr average worker wage, and a $41,450 average annual salary. Thus, about 0.774 out of every 1000 jobs in Pittsburgh are held by physician assistants, and 4.938/1000 are held by medical assistants.
Of the 5 physician assistant schools in Pittsburgh, only 2 have a student population over 10k. After taking into account tuition, living expenses, and financial aid, Everest Institute-Pittsburgh comes out as the most expensive ($39,843/yr) for physician assistant students, with Community College of Allegheny County as the lowest, reported at only $6,309/yr.
|Name||State||Population||# of Schools||Avg School Rank||Total Programs||Distance from Pittsburgh|
|New Wilmington||PA||-||1||66.0236||69||50.7 miles|
|Saint Clairsville||OH||-||2||11.9339||47||54.6 miles|
|New Philadelphia||OH||-||2||20.6614||41||77.2 miles|
|North Canton||OH||-||2||20.0373||113||80.5 miles|
|Bel Air||MD||-||2||17.834||59||84.3 miles|
|Cuyahoga Falls||OH||51,250||1||27.2194||16||95.1 miles|