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Hi!  I am currently in my fourth week of PA school and having some serious doubts as to what I am getting myself into.  

I am worried for several of the following reasons:  that with the impact of covid 19 will take years to recover jobs (even healthcare), the amount of new PAs and NPs being pumped out of schools will cause more competition, and this study I read from the Bureau of Health Workforce...basically stating that the market will be saturated for PA's by 2025...

Im worried, it'll be very hard to find work in southern Ca after school and I see some new PAs taking like, 8 months to a year to find a job.. I worry this will only get worse in the next few years when I graduate in 2022!!  I am not able to relocate out of state, nor can leave the metropolitan area around LA.

I have a career to fall back on, if I decide to walk away from PA school making 60-70k. 

I know no one can 100% say what will happen in the future.. but I am concerned to the point of walking away all-together.  Any input or advice would be appreciated. 

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The best data you can get is from folks who have just done what you're worried about.  So, talk to the folks who just graduated from your school.

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On 10/15/2020 at 2:59 PM, PApreemie said:

Hi!  I am currently in my fourth week of PA school and having some serious doubts as to what I am getting myself into.  

I am worried for several of the following reasons:  that with the impact of covid 19 will take years to recover jobs (even healthcare), the amount of new PAs and NPs being pumped out of schools will cause more competition, and this study I read from the Bureau of Health Workforce...basically stating that the market will be saturated for PA's by 2025...

Im worried, it'll be very hard to find work in southern Ca after school and I see some new PAs taking like, 8 months to a year to find a job.. I worry this will only get worse in the next few years when I graduate in 2022!!  I am not able to relocate out of state, nor can leave the metropolitan area around LA.

I have a career to fall back on, if I decide to walk away from PA school making 60-70k. 

I know no one can 100% say what will happen in the future.. but I am concerned to the point of walking away all-together.  Any input or advice would be appreciated. 

So let me be clear here....there is a big difference between being able to "find a job" vs "finding a good job".  Or to put it another way, a job that doesn't make you want to blow your brains out at the end of a shift....

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