Preventive Medicine Physicians

Preventive medicine physicians diagnose and treat people to prevent or reduce risks of disease, injury, disability, or death. The practice of preventive medicine is a medical specialty that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Preventive medicine physicians may also evaluate how effective treatments are for various diseases. These physicians hold either a doctor of medicine (M.D.) or osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree. There are approximately 355,460 physicians and surgeons, all others not listed separately by the Department of Labor, employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Clinical training and a two- to three-year residency
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Math
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Good
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Medical Researcher or Medical School Professor
  • Physician-Owner of a Medical Practice
  • Preventive Medicine Physician
  • Medical Resident