In the Air Force:
Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN); Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Certified Nurse Midwife; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Family Nurse Practitioner; Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner; Family Physician, Obstetrics; Family Physician, Sports Medicine; Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics; Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics, Maternal-Fetal Medicine; Gynecologic Surgery and Obstetrics, Oncology
In the Army:
Certified Nurse Midwife; Family Medicine; Family Nurse Practitioner; Nurse Corps Officer; Obstetrician and Gynecologist; Obstetrics and Gynecologic Nurse
In the Navy:
Family Physician; Obstetrician-Gynecologist; Obstetrics/Gynecology, General; Obstetrics/Gynecology, Subspecialty
Doctors who specialize in medical care related to a woman’s reproductive system are called OB/GYNs, short for obstetricians and gynecologists. While OB/GYNs may provide both types of care, obstetricians focus on pregnancy and delivery, and gynecologists specialize in diagnosing and treating issues related to women's reproductive health. OB/GYNs care for women during pregnancy, giving advice and performing tests such as ultrasounds and fetal heart rate monitoring to check on the health of the developing fetus and the mother. Obstetricians perform the delivery, and if necessary perform a surgical caesarean section. Since every birth is different and changes happen quickly, critical thinking and the ability to handle stressful conditions are important. OB/GYNs also care for women at all stages of life. They diagnose and treat conditions related to the reproductive system, such as performing screening exams, offering birth control counseling, and preventing infections. Most OB/GYNs perform surgery, and often consult with other healthcare professionals. OB/GYNS work in outpatient clinics and hospitals. They may specialize in an area such as infertility, cancer, or high-risk pregnancy. Work schedules are often more than 40 hours per week, along with emergency deliveries that occur at any hour. Education requirements include completing medical school, followed by 4 years of residency training. Specialists spend an additional 1-4 years in training.
What they do:
Provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth. Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general care to women. May perform both medical and gynecological surgery functions.
On the job, you would:
Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical histories, reports, or examination results.
Treat diseases of female organs.
Care for and treat women during prenatal, natal, and postnatal periods.
medicine and dentistry
therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
Math and Science
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
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
listen and understand what people say
communicate by speaking
Ideas and Logic
notice when problems happen
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
Hand and Finger Use
keep your arm or hand steady
hold or move items with your hands
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
Concern for Others
You might use software like this on the job:
eClinicalWorks EHR software
Electronic mail software
doctoral degree or post-doctoral training usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.