Examines, diagnoses, and surgically treats disorders of the brain, spine, spinal cord, and nerves. Operates on the brain in order to relieve pressure in an intracranial hemorrhage, remove a foreign body such as a tumor, treat a wound, or relieve pain. Operates on the spine in order to free entrapped nerves, correct deformity, or restore spinal stability.
Requires a degree in medicine from an accredited school and is licensed to practice. May require at least 4-6 years of surgery experience.
A year of chemistry with the appropriate laboratory courses
A year of organic chemistry with laboratory courses
A year of biology with laboratory courses
A year of physics with laboratory courses
A year of English
A year of calculus or other advanced math classes, including statistics
Then medical school and towards the end the apply for residency
Median 540k/year top 10% make upwards of 806k
Demand for Surgeons is expected to grow 24% between 2010 and 2020