General practitioners and family physicians diagnose and treat the diseases, physiological disorders, and injuries of patients. They provide primary contact and continuous care for patients.
This career requires a lot of education! To be a physician, a person must first obtain a four-year bachelor’s degree in any field of study (while making sure to complete the appropriate pre-med courses). Then, one must attend medical school for another 4 years followed by an additional 3-7 years of training in order to specialize in a particular area of medicine. You must be ready to be in school for a long time to do this!
The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.
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Physicians work in hospitals, medical clinics, and doctor's offices. Many physicians work long hours and may have to be on call during some of their time away from work.
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Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
Medscape Physician Compensation Report