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 110,050 general practitioners employed in the United States.

Quick Facts
Duties Provide general medical care to patients
Alternate Title(s) Family Practice Physicians, Family Practitioners
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, metropolitan areas
Education and Training
  • Master's Degree
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience One to three year residency during medical training required
  • Interpersonal
  • Research
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Organized
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Private Practice, College Professor, or Medical Researcher
  • General Practitioner
  • Medical Resident