Surgeon

Caden Albrecht, Career Report

Job Duties

Must follow surgical techniques in the operation room, examine patient to obtain medical information, must be able to operate on patients, and be able to prescribe pre/post operation treatments and procedures.

Educational Requirements

You need a doctoral/professional degree. You need four years of medical school. You also need three to seven years in a residency program.

Skills

You need good judgement and decision making. You must be an active listener. You need to be a problem solver and aways using critical thinking.

Wages

The national average is $240,440 per year. Ninety percent of surgeons in Minnesota make $166,400. The highest paying state is Mississippi which pays surgeons an average of $260,660. The lowest paying state is Vermont which pays an average of $191,470 per year.

Benefits

The money is obviously a huge benefit of being a surgeon. Your patients and their families will respect you. Getting to work with people would be a great benefit.

Disadvantages

The hours would be terrible. You would have little to no free time. Family would come second and the job would come first.

Outlook

By 2024 there should be a 7% increase in this occupation. There were 46,000 employed in 2014 and there is expected to be 55,100 in 2024.

Advancement opportunities

There aren't many advancement opportunities for a surgeon. You could go from a resident to an attending at that hospital. You can change the type of surgeon you are.

Helpful High School Courses

  • Sciences
  • World languages
  • Human development
  • Intro. to health occupations

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Evaluation

I think this job fits me because I like working with people and find anything with science in it fun. I also like the wages. One thing I don't like about the job would be working 60-80 hours a week.
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