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.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $100,000+
Employment Prospects Excellent
Advancement Prospects Excellent
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Education and Training
  • Medical Degree
Related School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Realistic
  • Scientific
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Obstetrician/Gynecologist
  • Medical Resident

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