Physicians and Surgeons – GNO, Inc. Career Guide
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Physicians and Surgeons

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  • Median Salary: $95.68 / Hour
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Sector:
Minimum Education Level: Doctoral or Professional Degree
Percent of Total Jobs in Industry: 0.32%
Employed in Industry Group: 1987
Change (Over 10 Years): 107

Job Description

Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.

WHAT SKILLS & TRAINING ARE NEEDED?

FOUNDATIONAL SKILLS:

  • Communication skills: Physicians and surgeons need to be excellent communicators. They must communicate effectively with their patients and other healthcare support staff.
  • Compassion: Patients who are sick or injured may be in extreme pain or distress. Physicians and surgeons must treat patients and their families with compassion and understanding.
  • Detail-oriented: Patients must receive appropriate treatment and medications. Physicians and surgeons must accurately monitor and record various pieces of information related to patient care.
  • Leadership skills: Physicians who work in their own practice must manage a staff of other professionals.
  • Problem-solving skills: Physicians and surgeons need to evaluate patients’ symptoms and administer the appropriate treatments. They need to do this quickly if a patient’s life is threatened.

TRAINING:

Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Physicians typically need a bachelor’s degree, a degree from a medical school, which takes 4 years to complete, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.

HOW DO I KNOW IF THIS IS A GOOD FIT FOR ME?

  • You’re interested in medicine and healthcare.
  • You like helping people.
  • You like hands-on work.
  • You are a social person.

WHERE CAN I PURSUE ALIGNED TRAINING?

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