Preventive Medicine Physicians
SOC: 29-1069.09


Apply knowledge of general preventive medicine and public health issues to promote health care to groups or individuals, and aid in the prevention or reduction of risk of disease, injury, disability, or death. May practice population-based medicine or diagnose and treat patients in the context of clinical health promotion and disease prevention.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
347,200 employed

Projected (2024):
398,800 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:

  • Aerospace Medicine Physician
  • Environmental Health Physician
  • Medical Director
  • Occupational Health Physician
  • Occupational Medicine Officer
  • Occupational Medicine Physician
  • Occupational Physician
  • Preventive Medicine Officer
  • Preventive Medicine Physician
  • Preventive Medicine Specialist
  • Public Health Director
  • Public Health Officer
  • Public Health Physician

  • 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
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Operation and Control
  • 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
  • Food Production
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Building and Construction
  • 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:

  • Teach or train medical staff regarding preventive medicine issues.
  • Document or review comprehensive patients' histories with an emphasis on occupation or environmental risks.
  • Prepare preventive health reports including problem descriptions, analyses, alternative solutions, and recommendations.
  • Supervise or coordinate the work of physicians, nurses, statisticians, or other professional staff members.
  • Deliver presentations to lay or professional audiences.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of prescribed risk reduction measures or other interventions.
  • Identify groups at risk for specific preventable diseases or injuries.
  • Design or use surveillance tools, such as screening, lab reports, and vital records, to identify health risks.
  • Direct public health education programs dealing with topics such as preventable diseases, injuries, nutrition, food service sanitation, water supply safety, sewage and waste disposal, insect control, and immunizations.
  • Perform epidemiological investigations of acute and chronic diseases.
  • Develop or implement interventions to address behavioral causes of diseases.
  • Direct or manage prevention programs in specialty areas such as aerospace, occupational, infectious disease, and environmental medicine.
  • Design, implement, or evaluate health service delivery systems to improve the health of targeted populations.
  • Coordinate or integrate the resources of health care institutions, social service agencies, public safety workers, or other organizations to improve the community health.
  • Provide information about potential health hazards and possible interventions to the media, the public, other health care professionals, or local, state, and federal health authorities.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Automated blood pressure cuffs
  • Automated external defibrillators AED
  • Breathing protection equipment
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital medical thermometers
  • Dosimetry badges
  • Emergency eye wash stations
  • Emergency shower stations
  • Evacuated blood collection tubes
  • Hearing test equipment
  • Hyperbaric oxygen chambers
  • Hypodermic syringes
  • Laptop computers
  • Manual blood pressure cuffs
  • Mechanical stethoscopes
  • Medical examination protective gloves
  • Medical oxygen masks
  • Medical protective masks
  • Otoscopes
  • Oxygen hoods
  • Percussion hammers
  • Personal computers
  • Safety glasses
  • Specimen collection containers
  • Suturing kits
  • Vision test equipment
  • Biostatistical software
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Epi Info
  • Database software
  • Email software
  • Epidemiological software
  • Insightful S-PLUS
  • Medical surveillance software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • NCSS Power Analysis and Sample Size PASS
  • NCSS software
  • NetEpi
  • OpenEpi
  • Patient electronic medical record EMR software
  • R
  • SAS software
  • Scheduling software
  • StataCorp Stata
  • Statistical Solutions BMDP
  • StatSoft STATISTICA software
  • The MathWorks MATLAB
  • Tidepool Scientific Software Comprehensive Environmental Toxicity Information System CETIS
  • Tidepool Scientific Software ToxCalc
  • Web browser software
  • Wolfram Research Mathematica

  • healthcare practitioners and technical

    industry stats

    SOC: 29-0000

    Total Employed: 8,021,800

    Average Annual Salary: $77,800