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Physician, Pulmonary
Summary Job Description Education Skills, Abilities and Interests More Information

ActivitiesPhysicians and surgeons diagnose illnesses and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. Physicians examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare.

OutlookFaster-than-average-job growth

Median Income$166,400+ in 2010

Work Context & ConditionsMany physicians and surgeons work long, irregular hours. Physicians and surgeons travel between office and hospital to care for their patients. While on call, a physician will deal with many patients' concerns over the phone and make emergency visits to hospitals or nursing homes.

Minimum Education RequirementsM.D.

SkillsMonitoring, Management of Personnel Resources, Critical Thinking, Operation and Control, Active Listening, Writing, Service Orientation, Equipment Selection, Time Management, Systems Evaluation, Active Learning, Judgment and Decision Making, Coordination, Reading Comprehension, Speaking, Science, Systems Analysis

AbilitiesOral Expression, Finger Dexterity, Memorization, Control Precision, Visualization, Category Flexibility, Manual Dexterity, Arm-Hand Steadiness, Deductive Reasoning