Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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What do they do?

Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general medical care to women.

Also known as:

Attending Physician, Gynecologist, Medical Doctor (MD), OB/GYN (Obstetrician / Gynecologist), OB/GYN Physician (Obstetrics and Gynecology Physician), Obstetrician/Gynecologist (OB/GYN), Obstetrics Gynecology Clinical Practitioner (OB/GYN Clinical Practitioner), Obstetrics Gynecology MD (OB/GYN MD), Obstetrics Gynecology Physician (OB/GYN Physician), Physician, Physician Gynecologist, Physician Obstetrician

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 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%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #40 in job growth rate
  • 30

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #8 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 Obstetricians and gynecologists(1) because we don’t have information for Obstetricians and Gynecologists. 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:

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
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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.
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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 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.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • 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:

  • Collect medical information from patients, family members, or other medical professionals.
  • Record patient medical histories.
  • Care for women during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Treat chronic diseases or disorders.
  • Administer non-intravenous medications.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
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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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