Surgeons

Surgeons are physicians who make diagnoses and provide preoperative, operative, and postoperative care in surgery affecting almost any part of the body. These doctors also work with trauma victims and the critically ill. Approximately 41,030 surgeons are employed in the United States.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Diagnose and provide preoperative, operative, and postoperative care in surgery
Salary Range $100,000+
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Nationwide; most opportunities available in major metropolitan areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Medical Degree
School Subjects
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Health
Experience Residency and fellowship
Personality Traits
  • Curious
  • Helpful
  • Scientific
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Mechanical/Manual Dexterity
  • Scientific
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Faster than the Average
Career Ladder
  • Professor or Surgical Fellow
  • Surgeon
  • Surgical Resident

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