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Family & General Practitioners

Also called: Physician, Family Physician, Family Practice Physician, Medical Doctor (MD)

What they do:
Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.
On the job, you would:
  • Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
  • Order, perform, and interpret tests and analyze records, reports, and examination information to diagnose patients' condition.
  • Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.

Knowledge

Health
  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • biology
Business
  • customer service
Arts and Humanities
  • English language

Skills

Basic Skills
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Concern for Others
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Analytical Thinking

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Acrendo Medical Software Family Practice EMR
  • Allscripts Professional EHR
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
Accounting software
  • Billing software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral/professional degree
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$172,020
per year, on average
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