Internists, General

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What do they do?

Physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.

Also known as:

Associate Medical Director for Adolescent Services, Attending Physician, Attending, Ambulatory Care, Clinic MD Associate (Clinic Medical Doctor Associate), Endocrinologist, Gastroenterologist, General Doc, General Internist, General Internist and Physician Leader, General Practice, Internal Medicine Doctor, Internal Medicine Physician (IM Physician), Internist, Internist Medical Director of Acute Rehabilitation, Internist, Medical Doctor MD, Medical Doctor (MD), Medical Doctor MD/Medical Director, Physician, Physician-General Internal Medicine, Physician-Internist, Physician/Internist, Primary Care Physician, Pulmonary Physician, Pulmonologist/Intensivist, Staff Internist, Office-Based Only

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Internists, General is projected to show little or no change from 2018 to 2028.

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Projected Employment

No Data Available

Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 0.9%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #24 in job growth rate
  • 30

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #19 in net job growth

Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (96.8%)
  • Master's degree (0.9%)
  • Bachelor's degree (1.7%)
  • Associate's degree (0%)
  • Some college, no degree (0.1%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (0.2%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.2%)

Percent of workers in this field

★ You’re seeing education information for Internists, general(1) because we don’t have information for Internists, General. Please note the information may not be the same for both occupations.

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • Medicine and Dentistry - Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Therapy and Counseling - Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.
  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
  • Prescribe medications.
  • Explain medical procedures or test results to patients or family members.
  • Treat acute illnesses, infections, or injuries.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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