Internists, General
SOC: 29-1063.00


Physicians who diagnose and provide non-surgical treatment of diseases and injuries of internal organ systems. Provide care mainly for adults who have a wide range of problems associated with the internal organs.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
54,300 employed

Projected (2024):
59,400 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:

  • Associate Medical Director for Adolescent Services
  • Attending Physician
  • Attending, Ambulatory Care
  • Clinic MD Associate (Clinic Medical Doctor Associate)
  • Doctor
  • Emergency Medicine Physician
  • Emergency Room Doctor (ER Doctor)
  • Endocrinologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • General Doc
  • General Internal Medicine Doctor
  • General Internal Medicine Physician
  • General Internist
  • General Internist and Physician Leader
  • General Practice
  • Internal Medicine Doctor
  • Internal Medicine Physician
  • Internist
  • Internist Medical Director of Acute Rehabilitation
  • Internist, Medical Doctor MD
  • Medical Doctor (MD)
  • Medical Doctor MD/Medical Director
  • Physician
  • Physician-General Internal Medicine
  • Physician-Internist
  • Physician/Internist
  • Physicians and Surgeons
  • Pulmonary Physician
  • Pulmonologist
  • Pulmonologist/Intensivist
  • Rheumatologist
  • Staff Internist, Office-Based Only
  • Trauma Doctor

  • 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
  • Technology Design
  • Equipment Selection
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • 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
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • 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:

  • Treat internal disorders, such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and problems of the lung, brain, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract.
  • Analyze records, reports, test results, or examination information to diagnose medical condition of patient.
  • Prescribe or administer medication, therapy, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.
  • Provide and manage long-term, comprehensive medical care, including diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases, for adult patients in an office or hospital.
  • Manage and treat common health problems, such as infections, influenza and pneumonia, as well as serious, chronic, and complex illnesses, in adolescents, adults, and the elderly.
  • Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.
  • Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
  • Make diagnoses when different illnesses occur together or in situations where the diagnosis may be obscure.
  • Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.
  • Advise patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
  • Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.
  • Immunize patients to protect them from preventable diseases.
  • Advise surgeon of a patient's risk status and recommend appropriate intervention to minimize risk.
  • Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.
  • Provide consulting services to other doctors caring for patients with special or difficult problems.
  • Operate on patients to remove, repair, or improve functioning of diseased or injured body parts and systems.
  • Plan, implement, or administer health programs in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention and treatment of injuries or illnesses.
  • Conduct research to develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures to prevent or control disease or injury.
  • Prepare government or organizational reports on birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or the medical status of individuals.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adult Magill forceps
  • Angiocaths
  • Auditory testing equipment
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Blood collection syringes
  • Colposcopes
  • Cryosurgical units
  • Dermal curettes
  • Desktop computers
  • Dictation equipment
  • Dressing forceps
  • Ear curettes
  • Ear forceps
  • Electrocardiography EKG machines
  • Electronic blood pressure units
  • Electrosurgery units
  • Flexible fiberoptic endoscopes
  • Glucometers
  • Holter monitors
  • Laboratory specimen containers
  • Laptop computers
  • Manual blood pressure units
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical lasers
  • Medical tuning forks
  • Microscope slides
  • Mosquito clamps
  • Nasogastric tubes
  • Neurological hammers
  • Operating scissors
  • Ophthalmoscopes
  • Orthopedic splints
  • Otoscopes
  • Personal computers
  • Personal digital assistants PDA
  • Pulse oximeters
  • Snellen eye charts
  • Spirometers
  • Splinter forceps
  • Suction catheters
  • Suction machines
  • Surgical scalpels
  • Suture forceps
  • Suture scissors
  • Tablet computers
  • Ultrasound bone density scanners
  • Ultrasound imaging scanners
  • Vaginal exam specula
  • Valve mask resuscitators
  • Vision screeners
  • Allscripts Professional EHR
  • Billing software
  • Brickell Research Brickell Medical Office
  • ChartWare software
  • e-MDs software
  • e-MDs topsE&M Coder
  • eClinicalWorks software
  • Email software
  • Epic Systems software
  • Epocrates Essentials
  • GE Healthcare Centricity EMR
  • Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSuite software
  • MedcomSoft software
  • Medical reference software
  • MedMath
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Misys Healthcare Systems Mysis Tiger
  • Novell GroupWise
  • 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