Family and General Practitioners

Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

Median Annual Wage: $180,180

Education: Doctoral degree (65%); Post-doctoral training (31%); Post-master's certificate (3%)

Projected Growth: Faster than average (15% to 21%)

Related Job Titles: Medical Doctor (MD); Physician; Family Practice Physician; Family Physician; Family Practitioner; Medical Staff Physician; Board Certified Family Physician; Family Medicine Physician; Primary Care Physician; Family Practice Doctor

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Family and General Practitioners.

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