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Family and General Practitioners

Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.   (O'Net 29-1062.00)

 
Reported job titles:   Board Certified Family Physician, Doctor, Emergency Medicine Physician, Emergency Room Doctor (ER Doctor), Family Medicine Physician, Family Physician, Family Practice Doctor, Family Practice MD (Family Practice Medical Doctor), Family Practice Medical Doctor (FP MD), Family Practice Physician, Family Practitioner, Geriatric Physician, Geriatrician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Director, Medical Doctor (MD), Medical Staff Physician, Occupational Medicine Physician, Occupational Physician, Pediatrician, Physician, Physician Assistant, Physicians and Surgeons, Police Surgeon, Primary Care MD (Primary Care Medical Doctor), Primary Care Physician, Primary Care Provider, Public Health Physician, Treatment Coordinator
 
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    Wages
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     Location Pay
    Period
    2016
    Percentile Wages Average
    Wage
    10% 25% 50%
    Median
    75% 90%
     Vermont Hourly $ 57.09   $ 70.12   $ 85.34   $100.00+   $100.00+   $ 94.12  
    Yearly $118,750   $145,850   $177,520   $208,000+   $208,000+   $195,770  
     
     Burlington-South Burlington, VT Metropolitan NECTA Hourly $ 41.92   $ 53.44   $ 74.88   $100.00+   $100.00+   $ 85.03  
    Yearly $87,200   $111,150   $155,740   $208,000+   $208,000+   $176,860  
     
     Southern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 66.34   $ 77.63   $ 93.38   $100.00+   $100.00+   $101.31  
    Yearly $137,980   $161,470   $194,230   $208,000+   $208,000+   $210,720  
     
     Northern Vermont Balance of State Hourly $ 65.87   $ 70.53   $ 78.30   $100.00+   $100.00+   $ 91.72  
    Yearly $137,010   $146,700   $162,870   $208,000+   $208,000+   $190,770  
     
    What are Percentile Wages?
    source: Occupational Employment Statistics, Vermont Labor Market Information, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, released April 2017.
    + This wage is equal to or greater than $100.00 per hour or $208,000 per year.
     


    Employment Trends
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    Location Employment Annual % change
    (compounded)
    Annual job openings
    (due to growth and
    net replacements)
    2014 2024
    Vermont 530 531 0.0% 14
    source: Employment Projections, Vermont Economic & Labor Market Information, in cooperation with U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, statewide estimates released July 2016.
     


    Industries of Employment
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    Industry Percent of Total
    2014
    Ambulatory healthcare services 66.0%
    Hospitals; state, local, and private 16.8%
    Self-employed workers, all industries 9.3%
    Educational services; state, local, and private 3.7%
    Local government, excluding education and hospitals 1.3%
    source: Employment Projections, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Employment Matrix, released July 2016.
     


    Tasks
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  • Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
     
  • Order, perform, and interpret tests and analyze records, reports, and examination information to diagnose patients' condition.
     
  • Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
     
  • Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
     
  • Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.
     
  • Advise patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
     
  • Refer patients to medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary.
     
  • Coordinate work with nurses, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacists, psychologists, and other health care providers.
     
  • Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.
     
  • Plan, implement, or administer health programs or standards in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention or treatment of injury or illness.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Family and General Practitioners  updated July 2011
     


    Knowledge
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Biology - Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.
     
  • Chemistry - Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Family and General Practitioners  updated July 2011
     


    Skills
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  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
     
  • Complex Problem Solving - Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
     
  • Science - Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.
     
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
     
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
     
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Family and General Practitioners  updated July 2011
     


    Abilities
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  • 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.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
     
  • 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.
     
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
     
  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
     
  • Near Vision - The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
     
  • Speech Recognition - The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Family and General Practitioners  updated July 2011
     


    Work Activities
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  • Documenting/Recording Information - Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
     
  • Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
     
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
     
  • Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
     
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
     
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge - Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
     
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates - Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
     
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings - Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.
     
  • Provide Consultation and Advice to Others - Providing guidance and expert advice to management or other groups on technical, systems-, or process-related topics.
     
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards - Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Family and General Practitioners  updated July 2011
     


    Interests
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  • Investigative - Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
     
  • Social - Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
     
  • Realistic - Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Family and General Practitioners  updated June 2008
     


    Work Styles
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  • Concern for Others - Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
     
  • Attention to Detail - Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
     
  • Integrity - Job requires being honest and ethical.
     
  • Dependability - Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
     
  • Self Control - Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
     
  • Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
     
  • Stress Tolerance - Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
     
  • Achievement/Effort - Job requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
     
  • Adaptability/Flexibility - Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
     
  • Cooperation - Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
     
    source: Occupational Information Network: Family and General Practitioners  updated July 2011
     


    State of Vermont License Information
    that may be required for Family and General Practitioners
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    License Name Licensing Agency
    Osteopath Vermont Secretary of State
    Office of Professional Regulation
    Board of Osteopathic Physicians
    Physician / Surgeon Board of Medical Practice
    Vermont Department of Health
     
    source: Vermont Department of Labor, Licensed & Certified Occupations in Vermont, 2015.
     


    Education and Training Requirements
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  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed
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  • Education: Most of these occupations require graduate school. For example, they may require a master's degree, and some require a Ph.D., M.D., or J.D. (law degree).
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  • Training: Employees may need some on-the-job training, but most of these occupations assume that the person will already have the required skills, knowledge, work-related experience, and/or training.
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  • Experience: Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Family and General Practitioners  updated July 2011
     


    Schools
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      Related Instructional Programs
     
    • Family Medicine Residency Program.
     
    • Medicine.
     
    • Osteopathic Medicine/Osteopathy.
     
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    source: National Center for Education Statistics 2000 Classification of Instructional Programs .
     


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  • Health Care Careers
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    source: Occupational Information Network: Family and General Practitioners 
     

     
     
     
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