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Physician Working Conditions



Physicians and surgeons held about 708,300 jobs in 2014. Many physicians work in private offices or clinics, often helped by a small staff of nurses and administrative personnel.

Increasingly, physicians work in group practices, health care organizations, or hospitals where they share a large number of patients with other doctors. The group setting gives doctors backup coverage, allows them more time off, and lets them coordinate care for their patients, but it gives them less independence than solo practitioners have.

Surgeons and anesthesiologists usually work in sterile environments while performing surgery and may stand for long periods.

Many physicians and surgeons work long, irregular, and overnight hours. Physicians and surgeons may travel between their offices and hospitals to care for their patients. While on call, a physician may need to address a patientís concerns over the phone or make an emergency visit to a hospital or nursing home.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition


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