Preventive Medicine Physicians


Overview

Preventive Medicine Physicians

Introduction

Preventive medicine physicians diagnose and treat people to prevent or reduce risks of disease, injury, disability, or death. The practice of preventive medicine is a medical specialty that is recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Preventive medicine physicians may also evaluate how effective treatments are for various diseases. These physicians hold either a doctor of medicine (M.D.) or osteopathic medicine (D.O.) degree. There are approximately 390,680 physicians and surgeons, all others not listed separately by...

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Median Salary

$166,074

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Employment Prospects

Good

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Minimum Education Level

Medical Degree


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Experience

Clinical training and a two- to three-year residency


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Skills

Interpersonal


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Personality Traits

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Earnings

The average salary for preventive medicine physicians employed in May 2020 was $166,074, as reported by ZipRecruiter.com. Salaries ranged from $19,000 to $310,500 or more. Physicians and surgeons, all others not listed separately, who were employed in the United States in May 2019 earned a median salary of $206,500, according to the Department of Labor. The lowest 10 percent earned $60,910 or l...

Work Environment

Preventive medicine physicians have offices and examination rooms that are well equipped,  lighted, and ventilated. Depending on the size of the medical practice, there may be at least one nurse-receptionist on the physician's staff, as well as several nurses, a laboratory technician, a physician's assistant, and a bookkeeper, among others.

Physicians usually see patients by appointments...

Outlook

The U.S. Department of Labor reports that physicians and surgeons, not listed by other specialties, will have faster than average employment growth through 2028. A major factor in this increase in job opportunities is population growth, particularly among the elderly, which means greater demand for preventive medicine physicians. Also, more people have access to medical insurance, through publi...

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