Surgeons

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What do they do?

Physicians who treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation.

Also known as:

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Cardiovascular Surgeon, Colon and Rectal Surgeon, Colorectal Surgeon, General Surgeon, Hand Surgeon, Neurosurgeon, Ophthalmic Surgeon, Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopedic Surgeon, Pediatric Surgeon, Physician, Physician Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon, Podiatric Foot and Ankle Specialist, Reconstructive Surgeon, Surgeon, Surgical Endoscopist, Surgical Oncologist, Thoracic Surgeon, Trauma Surgeon, Upper Extremity Surgeon, Urologic Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Surgeons 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 All United States:

  • 1.3%

    Percent Change

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  • 1,200

    Annual Projected Job Openings

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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

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • 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.
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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.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
  • Manual Dexterity - The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
  • 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.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Examine patients to assess general physical condition.
  • Follow protocols or regulations for healthcare activities.
  • Operate on patients to treat conditions.
  • Analyze patient data to determine patient needs or treatment goals.
  • Prescribe treatments or therapies.
  • Prescribe medications.
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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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