By: Annie Guenter

What Surgeons do...

Surgeon diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. They operate on patients that have broken bones, cancerous tumors, and deformities such as cleft palates. They work in sterile environments while performing surgery and stay standing for long periods of time. They work long, irregular, and overnight hours. Surgeons are required to make quick decisions with life and death consequences

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Training and education needed

Applicants to medical school have a bachelor's degree and many have advanced degrees. Students spend most of the first two years of medical school in laboratories and classrooms. They also gain practical skills, learning to take medical histories, examine patients, and diagnose illnesses.

The earnings and expected job prospects for surgeons

A surgeon earns $80 per hour which add up to be $166,400 annually.