Family and General Practitioners
SOC: 29-1062.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
139,800 employed

Projected (2024):
154,100 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate 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

  • Job Zone Five: Extensive Preparation Needed


    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.


    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).

    Job 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.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Equipment Selection
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Mechanical
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • 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.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
  • Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
  • 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.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.
  • Coordinate work with nurses, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacists, psychologists, and other health care providers.
  • Deliver babies.
  • Operate on patients to remove, repair, or improve functioning of diseased or injured body parts and systems.
  • Plan, implement, or administer health programs or standards in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention or treatment of injury or illness.
  • Conduct research to study anatomy and develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures to prevent or control disease or injury.
  • Train residents, medical students, and other health care professionals.
  • Prepare government or organizational reports which include birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or medical status of individuals.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adult Magill forceps
  • Angiocaths
  • Auditory testing equipment
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Baby scales
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Cervical collars
  • Colposcopes
  • Cord clamps
  • Cryosurgical units
  • Dermal curettes
  • Desktop computers
  • Dictation equipment
  • Dressing forceps
  • Ear curettes
  • Ear forceps
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Electronic stethoscopes
  • Electrosurgery units
  • Episiotomy scissors
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Fetal doppler units
  • Fetal monitors
  • Glucometers
  • Holter monitors
  • Infant warmers
  • Intravenous IV equipment
  • Laboratory specimen containers
  • Laptop computers
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Manual blood pressure units
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical lasers
  • Medical masks
  • Medical tuning forks
  • Microscope slides
  • Mosquito clamps
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Neonatal airways
  • Neonatal resuscitation masks
  • Neurological hammers
  • Operating scissors
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Orthopedic splints
  • Otoscopes
  • Oxygen administration equipment
  • Oxygen masks
  • Patient airways
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Protective face shields
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Snellen eye charts
  • Spirometers
  • Splinter forceps
  • Suction catheters
  • Suction machines
  • Surgical gloves
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Suture forceps
  • Suture needles
  • Suture removers
  • Suture scissors
  • Tablet computers
  • Tourniquets
  • Ultrasound bone density scanners
  • Ultrasound imaging scanners
  • Umbilical cord scissors
  • Vacuum extractors
  • Vaginal exam specula
  • Valve mask resuscitators
  • Vision screeners
  • Acrendo Medical Software Family Practice EMR
  • Allscripts Professional EHR
  • Billing software
  • Brickell Research Brickell Medical Office
  • ChartWare software
  • e-MDs software
  • e-MDs topsE&M Coder
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • Email software
  • Epocrates Essentials
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSuite software
  • MedcomSoft software
  • Medical reference software
  • MEDITECH software
  • MedMath
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Misys Healthcare Systems Mysis Tiger
  • Practice management software PMS
  • Practice Partner Total Practice Partner
  • Scheduling software
  • SOAPware software
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800