Physician and Surgeons
What Physicians and Surgeons Do
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.
How to Become a Physician or Surgeon
Physicians and surgeons have demanding education and training requirements. Almost all physicians complete at least 4 years of undergraduate school, 4 years of medical school, and, depending on their specialty, 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs.
Pay - Job Outlook
Wages for physicians and surgeons are among the highest of all occupations.Employment of physicians and surgeons is projected to grow 14 percent by 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations. Job growth is projected due to increased demand for healthcare services by the growing and aging population.