Physician Measures Vital Signs

Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, also known as physiatrists, diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the human body. They assess patients' mobility, strength, communication, and/or cognitive abilities, and recommend treatment plans for physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation. Physiatrists are licensed medical doctors who have completed training in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. They hold either a doctor of medicine (M.D.) or osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree. 

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) PM&R Physicians, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Physicians, Physical Medicine Physicians, Rehabilitation Physicians
Duties Diagnose and treat physical or cognitive impairments and disorders; create and monitor treatment plans for patients' physical, mental, or occupational rehabilitation
Salary Range $50,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities exist throughout the country, with many jobs in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Clinical training; residency
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Physician-Owner of a Medical Practice
  • Department Head
  • Physiatrist
  • Medical Resident

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