Alabama Department of Labor

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SOC: 29-1063 Internists, General
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. Include subspecialists, such as cardiologists and gastroenterologists, with "All Other Physicians" (29-1069).
Education: 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).
OJT: 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.
Tasks: Treat internal disorders, such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and problems of the lung, brain, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract. Prescribe or administer medication, therapy, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury. Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients. 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. Analyze records, reports, test results, or examination information to diagnose medical condition of patient. Provide and manage long-term, comprehensive medical care, including diagnosis and nonsurgical treatment of diseases, for adult patients in an office or hospital. 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. Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary. Advise patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention. Immunize patients to protect them from preventable diseases. Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary. Advise surgeon of a patient's risk status and recommend appropriate intervention to minimize risk. Provide consulting services to other doctors caring for patients with special or difficult problems. Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff. Prepare government or organizational reports on birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or the medical status of individuals.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Satisfactory
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Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry $93.80   Entry $195,105.00
Mean $130.10   Mean $270,596.00
Experience $148.24 Experience $308,346.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

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No postsecondary schools reported programs.
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29-1063.00 Internists, General