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Physician, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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ActivitiesAccording to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, an orthopaedic surgeon is a physician devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and rehabilitation of injuries, disorders, and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system.

OutlookAverage job growth

Median Income$166,400+ year in 2008

Work Context & ConditionsSurgeons typically work in well-lighted, sterile environments while performing surgery and often stand for long periods. Most work in hospitals or in surgical outpatient centers. Many physicians and surgeons work long, irregular hours. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, for the average orthopaedic surgeon a 60-to-80 hour work week is not uncommon.

Minimum Education RequirementsM.D.

SkillsLearning Strategies, Monitoring, Critical Thinking, Instructing, Writing, Active Listening, Service Orientation, Equipment Selection, Time Management, Complex Problem Solving, Active Learning, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Science

AbilitiesOral Expression, Finger Dexterity, Manual Dexterity, Speech Recognition, Deductive Reasoning, Arm-Hand Steadiness, Problem Sensitivity, Written Comprehension, Selective Attention, Near Vision, Speech Clarity, Inductive Reasoning, Oral Comprehension, Written Expression