A physician’s job ranks amongst the top health care jobs owing to the status of the job and the high pay.
Physicians diagnose illness, administer treatment, and counsel patients. Physicians specialize in anesthesiology, family and general medicine, general internal medicine, and others.
The job requires graduation from medical school, completing an internship, and passing the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), the Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Exam (COMLEX), or other relevant licensing examination.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates physicians holding about 661,400 jobs in 2008, with about 12 percent of them self-employed. The occupation has an estimated growth rate of 22 percent through 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations.
Physicians earn a mean hourly wage of $83.59 and mean annual wage of $173,860,