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Physicians diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the human body. A physician is licensed to prescribe medications and perform surgery. Many physicians specialize, thus becoming a pediatrician, obstetrician, or another specialist. Physicians hold either a doctor of medicine (M.D.) or osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree. Approximately 708,300 physicians are employed in the United States.

Salary Range

$50,000 to $100,000+

Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree

Certification/License

Required

Outlook

Faster than the Average
Personality Traits

Helpful

Problem-Solving

Scientific

Career Ladder
Medical Researcher or College Professor

Physician-Owner of a Medical Practice

Physician

Medical Resident

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