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Physician, Internist
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ActivitiesDiagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.

OutlookAverage job growth

Median Income$166,400+ per year in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsPhysicians work indoors, usually wearing a lab coat or hospital uniform, and many keep long, irregular hours. More than one-third of all full-time physicians work 60 hours or more a week. They must travel frequently between office and hospital to care for their patients. Their work requires a great deal of social interaction, and they must be accurate and thorough.

Minimum Education RequirementsM.D.

SkillsSocial Perceptiveness, Monitoring, Critical Thinking, Active Listening, Writing, Mathematics, Systems Evaluation, Active Learning, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Science, Complex Problem Solving

AbilitiesOral Expression, Finger Dexterity, Manual Dexterity, Arm-Hand Steadiness, Deductive Reasoning, Problem Sensitivity, Written Comprehension, Near Vision, Speech Clarity, Information Ordering, Inductive Reasoning, Written Expression, Oral Comprehension, Speed of Closure

InterviewsElise Kohn