General Practitioners

General practitioners (GPs) are primary care physicians and may sometimes be referred to as family practice physicians or family practitioners. They are usually the first health care professional patients consult for a problem. They treat people of all ages and tend to see the same patients on a continuing basis, often for years. General practitioners diagnose and treat any illness or injury that does not require the service of a specialist. They frequently serve as the family doctor, treating all the members of a family. There are approximately 120,860 general practitioners employed in the United States.


Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) Family Practice Physicians, Family Practitioners
Duties Provide general medical care to patients
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in large, metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Private Practice, College Professor, or Medical Researcher
  • General Practitioner
  • Medical Resident

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