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I am currently an engineer. I have made some progress in my career over but due to the bad economy my job market is poor now. I am a married mom with two kids ages 5 & 2 & one on the way.


PA school appeals to me for the same reason engineering did- I like science. Also, it appeals to me because I would like to have more interaction with people during my day vs my current job where I do a lot of computer work.


My questions are:


1. Are there any other engineers out there who made this same switch? How hard was the curriculum compared to engineering?


2. Other moms- How hard was PA school with kids? What kind of a schedule did you have?


3. Starting salary- My research shows that average salary for PAs is $80-120K, but what is the current starting salary? I live in WA for reference.


Thanks in advance to anyone who can answer these.

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  • 2 years later...

I'm curious if you decided to pursue a PA career, lobsterlobster! I'm a married mom of two and just decided I'm finally ready to pursue my dream of becoming a PA after practicing as a dental hygienist for eleven years and staying home with my kids the last four years (as a military spouse). Any input is appreciated!


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