By: Emily Privett


During a typical day of being a surgeon you have to treat and diagnosis diseases and conditions and help treat the patient. You are responsible for the patient whom you are operating on and the things that need to be done whether it is putting screws in someones hip to surgically removing appendixes from the abdomen. Surgeons have many responsibilities in which they have to achieve.

Education Requirements

49% of all surgeons have a doctorate degree while the other 43% have post-doctoral training. The other 7% have some sort of a professional degree. Most surgeons require a master's degree and some sort of PhD or MD.

Working Conditions

For a surgeon, the working conditions are constantly on your feet performing tedious tasks. The conditions can be stressful and tough. You work with surgical technologists and nurses, so you are not alone all the time. The conditions are stressful and you have to be alert at all times while on the job.
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Personal Characteristics

A person who is patient and very good at hitting and noticing the details is a person who would it being a surgeon. A person should also be reliable, observant, and trustworthy so their patient is comfortable with allowing them to do the job.

Earnings and Job Outlook

The median wages in 2015 were $90+ hourly and $187,200+ annually. Surgeons are growing about 14% yearly. You are not restricted to a big city or a small city but typically if you are a surgeon in a hospital you will be working in a big city, but if you own a private practice you can work in either a big or small city. There are not usually hospitals in small cities. There is a bunch of on-the-job training required to be a surgeon.

Education Spotlight

Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas

UT Southwestern University in Dallas, Texas

John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland