Physicians are medical doctors who diagnose and treat any health issues our bodies may be facing. They are healers, leaders and analyzers that are empathetic but decisive. They communicate with and examine patients and listen to what symptoms might be coming up, then use this information to determine treatment. They also prescribe medications and order and interpret diagnostic tests.
Physicians work in hospitals, clinics, private practices, and nursing homes and can focus on one or more specialties. There are primary care physicians that work with a broad range of patients, pediatricians that work with children and their families, anesthesiologists that work with surgery and pain relief, and even sports physicians that treat injuries from physical activity.
Income for medical doctors varies significantly based on their amount of experience and area of specialty, but their wages continue to be among the highest of all occupations. Physicians typically need a bachelor’s degree in biology or pre-medicine followed by a 4-year degree from a medical school and 3 to 7 years in internship and residency programs, depending on specialty. Every state also requires physicians to be licensed before they can practice. Jobs for this role are expected to grow 7% by 2028.