In the Air Force:
Aerospace Medical Service; Aerospace Medical Service Journeyman, Allergy/Immunization Technician; Dermatologist; Family Physician, Pain Management; Internist, Geriatrics/Palliative Care Medicine; Ophthalmologist, Strabismus/Pediatrics; Otorhinolaryngologist, Sleep Surgeon; Pilot-Physician, Airlift; Public Health Helper; Residency Trained Flight Surgeon, Special Operations
In the Army:
Allergist, Clinical Immunologist; Clinical Pharmacologist; Endocrinologist; Flight Surgeon; Internist; Neurologist; Occupational Medicine Officer; Pediatrician; Preventive Medicine Officer; Radiation Oncologist
While many day-to-day ailments can be cured with rest and fluids or a trip to the primary care doctor, when more serious illness rears its head a physician with specialized training and experience may be called for. All physicians share essential tasks, such as examining patients; taking medical histories; using tests to help make a diagnosis; and prescribing medications. They may counsel patients on healthy habits and how to keep well. Some physicians specialize in diagnosing and treating ailments in a particular organ or area of the body, a type of illness, or a mode of treatment, for example, Allergists and immunologists treat allergic diseases and those that affect the immune system. Dermatologists help patients with skin conditions. Neurologists specialize in diseases and disorders of the nervous system. Pathologists study the causes and nature of diseases. Radiologists use X-rays and radioactive materials to identify disease. Doctors of sports medicine help athletes prevent injuries, and treat those that occur during sporting events and training. Physicians and surgeons often have long, demanding workweeks. Unlike in primary care, the patients cared for by these specialists have already been referred because of their symptoms so they are often more ill, with more serious conditions. Physicians and surgeons have extensive education and training. After a bachelor’s degree, physicians earn a medical degree, which typically takes 4 years to complete, and then 3 to 7 years of internship and residency programs, depending on the specialty.
What they do:
Apply knowledge of general preventive medicine and public health issues to promote health care to groups or individuals, and aid in the prevention or reduction of risk of disease, injury, disability, or death. May practice population-based medicine or diagnose and treat patients in the context of clinical health promotion and disease prevention.
On the job, you would:
Direct or manage prevention programs in specialty areas such as aerospace, occupational, infectious disease, and environmental medicine.
Identify groups at risk for specific preventable diseases or injuries.
Direct public health education programs dealing with topics such as preventable diseases, injuries, nutrition, food service sanitation, water supply safety, sewage and waste disposal, insect control, and immunizations.
medicine and dentistry
therapy and counseling
Arts and Humanities
Math and Science
Safety and Government
law and government
reading work related information
thinking about the pros and cons of different ways to solve a problem
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
Ideas and Logic
make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
notice when problems happen
see hidden patterns
quickly know what you are looking at
remember words, numbers, pictures, or steps
People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
Concern for Others
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Analytical or scientific software
SAS statistical software
The MathWorks MATLAB
Data base user interface and query software
post-doctoral training or doctoral degree usually needed
Get started on your career:
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.