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Also called: General Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, Physician, Surgeon

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Orthopedic Surgeon; Orthopedic Surgeon, Hand Surgery; Orthopedic Surgeon, Pediatrics; Orthopedic Surgeon, Spine Surgery; Orthopedic Surgeon, Traumatology; Surgeon, Cardiac; Surgeon, Colon and Rectal; Surgeon, Oncology; Surgeon, Peripheral Vascular; Surgeon, Thoracic

What they do:
Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.
On the job, you would:
  • Follow established surgical techniques during the operation.
  • Examine patient to obtain information on medical condition and surgical risk.
  • Operate on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patients' functions.


  • medicine and dentistry
  • therapy and counseling
  • customer service
  • human resources (HR)
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • biology


Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
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
  • measuring how well a system is working and how to improve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands
  • put together small parts with your fingers
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • pay attention to something without being distracted


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


You might use software like this on the job:

Medical software
  • Integra Radionics NeuroSight Arc
  • Practice management software PMS
Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Computer imaging software


Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
post-doctoral training
usually needed

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