Career Area: Health Care including Nursing
Occupation Group: Physicians
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A typical Physician, Other earns the following wages (national and state):
The average salary in North Carolina for those pursuing this career is $156,279
*The salaries depicted here are representative of the range of salaries posted in job listings over the past year. Living wage in North Carolina is $30,000.
The average salary in the United States for those pursuing this career is $159,531
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
Diagnoses and treats illness and injuries in patients. May specialize in working with a particular group of people (such as children), or a particular area of health care and treatment (such as cardiology, oncology, surgery, radiology or anesthesiology). Works from a private practice or within a hospital or larger healthcare facility.
The job demand and job growth statistics shown here were derived from job posts over the past year. Expected job growth projections are extrapolated from year-over-year job post listing history.
Job demand and job growth is expected at the following rates:
A professional in this position typically utilizes the following skills in the course of everyday work in this exciting and challenging field:
The following are baseline skills every Physician, Other is expected to have in order to experience success in this field:
- Teamwork / Collaboration: Experience working in collaborative efforts with a team to achieve a common goal or to complete a task in the most effective and efficient way.
- Communication Skills: The ability to convey information to another effectively and efficiently.
- Research: Experience performing creative and systematic work to understand a product, market, or customer, either before building a new solution, or to troubleshoot an existing issue
- English: English is a West Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England and is now a global lingua franca.
- Writing: Experience expressing business messages effectively in written form. This may include planning drafting and revising as necessary.
These skills are specific to working in this career:
- Surgery: Surgery is an ancient medical specialty that uses operative manual and instrumental techniques on a patient to investigate or treat a pathological condition such as disease or injury, to help improve bodily function or appearance or to repair unwanted ruptured areas (for example, a perforated ear drum).
- Patient Care: The services rendered by members of the health profession and non-professionals under their supervision for the benefit of the patient.
- Anesthesiology: Anesthesiology, anaesthesia or anaesthetics is the medical speciality that focuses on perioperative medicine and the administration of anesthesia.
- Internal Medicine: Internal medicine or general medicine (in Commonwealth nations) is the medical specialty dealing with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of adult diseases.
- Emergency Medicine: Emergency medicine, formerly known in some countries as accident and emergency medicine, is the medical specialty involving care for undifferentiated and unscheduled patients with illnesses or injuries requiring immediate medical attention.
Any Physician, Other that possesses the following skills will stand out against the competition:
- Critical Care: Intensive care medicine or critical care medicine is a branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and management of life-threatening conditions that may require sophisticated organ support and invasive monitoring.
- Pediatrics: Pediatrics (also spelled paediatrics or pdiatrics) is the branch of medicine that involves the medical care of infants, children, and adolescents.
- Family Medicine: Family medicine (FM), formerly family practice (FP), is a specialty devoted to comprehensive health care for people of all ages; the specialist is named a family physician or family doctor.
- Urgent Care: Urgent care is a category of walk-in clinic focused on the delivery of ambulatory care in a dedicated medical facility outside of a traditional emergency room.
- Cardiology: Cardiology is a branch of medicine dealing with disorders of the heart as well as parts of the circulatory system.
Salary Boosting Skills
A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills:
- Orthopedic Surgery: Orthopedic surgery or orthopedics, also spelled orthopaedic[s], is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system.
- Physical Medicine: Physical medicin is thebranchofmedicinedealingwiththediagnosisandtreatmentofdiseaseandinjurybymeansofphysicalagents,asmanipulation,massage,exercise,heat,orwater.
This position typically requires the following level of experience. The numbers presented in the pie charts below were derived from actual job posts over the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.
|0 to 2 years||57%|
|3 to 5 years||38%|
|6 to 8 years||2%|
Many of the programs offered through NC State are designed for working professionals who need additional credentials to enhance existing work experience.
Students who do not have the expected level of experience may wish to look into internship and employment opportunities.
Common Job Titles
It is possible to find work in this field in positions commonly listed as the following job titles:
- Emergency Medicine Physician
- Urgent Care Physician