Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 29-1067 Surgeons
Treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive methods, such as manual manipulation or by using instruments and appliances.
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: Follow established surgical techniques during the operation. Examine patient to obtain information on medical condition and surgical risk. Operate on patients to correct deformities, repair injuries, prevent and treat diseases, or improve or restore patients' functions. Analyze patient's medical history, medication allergies, physical condition, and examination results to verify operation's necessity and to determine best procedure. Prescribe preoperative and postoperative treatments and procedures, such as sedatives, diets, antibiotics, and preparation and treatment of the patient's operative area. Diagnose bodily disorders and orthopedic conditions and provide treatments, such as medicines and surgeries, in clinics, hospital wards, and operating rooms. Provide consultation and surgical assistance to other physicians and surgeons. Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, assistants, specialists, residents, and other medical staff. Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioners when necessary. Prepare case histories. Manage surgery services, including planning, scheduling and coordination, determination of procedures, and procurement of supplies and equipment. Examine instruments, equipment, and operating room to ensure sterility.
License: License not required.
Outlook: Good
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry   Entry
Mean $137.69   Mean $286,401.00
Experience Experience

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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29-1067.00 Surgeons