Physiatrists


Overview

Introduction

Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians, also known as physiatrists, diagnose and treat diseases and disorders of the human body. They assess patients' mobility, strength, communication, and/or cognitive abilities, and recommend treatment plans for physical, mental, and occupational rehabilitation. Physiatrists are licensed medical doctors who have completed training in the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation. They hold either a doctor of medicine (M.D.) or osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree. 

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Median Salary

$206,500

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree


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Experience

Clinical training


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

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Earnings

Physicians have among the highest average earnings of any occupational group. Individual physician's salaries vary depending upon specialty, skill, years of experience, professional reputation, as well as the region of the country where they practice. In March 2020, physiatrists employed in the United States earned a median salary of $234,709, according to Salary.com. The lowest paid 10 percent...

Work Environment

Physiatrists work in offices that are well equipped, lighted, and ventilated. They work in various settings, which can include private practices, medical centers, private hospitals, specialty clinics, rehabilitation centers, and educational organizations. They typically work closely with other physicians, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, physician assistants, laboratory technicians...

Outlook

Employment of physicians overall is expected to grow faster than the average through 2028, according to the Department of Labor. Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians will have good employment opportunities in the years to come. A primary factor in this job growth is that the aging population is growing. As more people are living longer, demand will increase for physiatrists to treat ...

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