Doctor (Family and General Practitioner)

Career Overview

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.

Education

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!

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$169,000 /yr
$209,000 /yr
$270,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math - as much as possible!
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Science - as much as possible, including biology and psychology!
Work Environment

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.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

References
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada
Medscape Physician Compensation Report
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