Physician & Social Activist
Description: Physicians diagnose illnesses and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease.
Knowledge Required: Sciences, biology, anatomy, physiology, radiology, medical ethics, mathematics, communication
Skills: Physicians solve complex problems, have general knowledge of scientific rules and methods, and are active listeners and decision makers.
Career Path: After completing college and medical school, aspiring physicians must complete a residency program that lasts three to six years. Many doctors choose to complete a fellowship in order to develop specialized skills.
Best Cities for this job: Miami, Atlanta, Dallas, San Francisco, and Sacramento
Median Annual Income: National: $186,044 CA: $339,738
Future Growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment of physicians to grow 22 percent over the 2008–18 decade, which is faster than average.
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