General practitioners and family physicians diagnose and treat the diseases, physiological disorders, and injuries of patients. They provide primary contact and continuous care for patients.
This career requires a lot of education! To be a physician, a person must first obtain a four-year bachelor’s degree in any field of study (while making sure to complete the appropriate pre-med courses). Then, one must attend medical school for another 4 years followed by an additional 3-7 years of training in order to specialize in a particular area of medicine. You must be ready to be in school for a long time to do this!
Overall employment of physicians and surgeons is projected to grow 4 percent from 2019 to 2029, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The growing and aging population is expected to drive overall growth in the demand for physician services.
Physicians work in hospitals, medical clinics, and doctor's offices. Many physicians work long hours and may have to be on call during some of their time away from work.