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Career Details :: Family and General Practitioners
Diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population.
Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum formal education required for these occupations. However, many also require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
- Examines or conducts tests on patient to provide information on medical condition.
- Advises patients and community concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
- Refers patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.
- Conducts research to study anatomy and develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures to prevent or control disease or injury.
- Prepares reports for government or management of birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or medical status of individuals.
- Directs and coordinates activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.
- Plans, implements, or administers health programs or standards in hospital, business, or community for information, prevention, or treatment of injury or illness.
- Analyzes records, reports, test results, or examination information to diagnose medical condition of patient.
- Explains procedures and discusses test results on prescribed treatments with patents.
- Operates on patients to remove, repair, or improve functioning of diseased or injured body parts and systems and delivers babies.
- Collects, records, and maintains patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
- Prescribes or administers treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
General Work Activities
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Assisting and Caring for Others
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Making Decisions and Solving Problems
- Analyzing Data or Information
- Reading Comprehension
- Identification of Key Causes
- Problem Identification
- Judgment and Decision Making
Frequent Work Context
- Job-Required Social Interaction
- Consequence of Error
- Responsible for Others' Health & Safety
- Importance of Being Exact or Accurate
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done