Obstetricians/gynecologists, often abbreviated to OB/GYNs, are physicians who are trained to provide medical and surgical care for disorders that affect the female reproductive system, to deliver babies, and to provide care for the unborn fetus and the newborn. In 2013, there were approximately 21,730 physicians in the United States who specialized in obstetrics/gynecology.

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Duties Record a patient's medical history, reports, and examination results; prescribe or administer therapy, medication, and other special medical care to prevent or treat disease or injury; explain procedures and discuss test results with patients; advise patients regarding diet, hygiene, and disease prevention; and refer patients to a medical specialist when necessary
Salary Range $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetrician/Gynecologist
  • Medical Resident

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