Physicians and Surgeons

Susan Tellez

Duties and Responsibilities

The responsibilities of a physicians and surgeons is to diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine the patients and Surgeons operates on the patients. They also have to take a patient's medical history and update charts.

Working Schedule and Working Locations

Many physicians and surgeons work long, irregular, and overnight hours. They travel from there office to hospital. Surgeons usually work in sterile environments while performing surgery and stand for a long periods of time.

Many physicians work in private offices or clinics, helped by a small staff of nurses and personnel.

Salary/Wage Potential and Job Outlook/Growth

Physicians and surgeons held about 691,000 jobs in 2010. It's expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2020.

Wages of physicians and surgeons are among the highest of all occupations but it varies by their type of practice. Practicing primary care receives $202,392 total median annual compensation and practicing in medical specialties receives $356,885 annual compensation.

Education Needed and What Schools Offers This Major

This major is a demanding education and training requirement. They need to complete at least four years of undergraduate school, four years of medical school, and three to eight years in internship and residency programs. This also depends on the specialty.

The best schools that have a great program for this major are Columbia University, Yale University School of Medicine, Northwestern University, University of Michigan, and Johns Hopkins University.

Skills Required (Personality Traits and Transferable Skills)

Being a Physician and Surgeon require lots of skill.

Skills Needed:

  • Communication skills
  • Detail oriented
  • Dexterity
  • Empathy
  • Leadership skills
  • Organizational skills
  • Patience
  • Physical stamina
  • Problem-solving skills

Related Jobs

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