Physician/Surgeon Overview Entry-Level EducationDoctoral or Professional DegreeWork Experience in a Related OccupationNoneOn-The-Job TrainingInternship/ResidencyNumber of Jobs, 2012691,400Job Outlook, 2012-202218% (Faster than average)Employment Change, 2012-2022+123,300Physicians 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 preventative healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones, diseases, such as cancerous tumors, and deformities such as cleft palates. Physicians work in private offices or clinics, often with administrative and healthcare personnel.
Remember, this field is highly varied with numerous specialties.
For more detailed information on being a Primary Care Physician and other related careers, click the links below: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Physicians and Surgeons,