22 Dec 5 Types of Physicians in High Demand
The country faces an estimated physicians shortage of between 37, 800 and 124,000 by 2034, as reported by the Association of American Medical Colleges. The Covid-19 pandemic had highlighted the crucial role physicians and other healthcare providers play in keeping America healthy and thriving. Some roles are more in-demand than others, due to the nature of their specialty or needs that have arisen in response to the pandemic.
Physician roles most in demand include:
Family Physicians. Family physicians are often referred to as primary care doctors. They treat chronic conditions, evaluate symptoms, order tests, interpret test results, and offer preventative care. They can work in a private practice office setting or in a group with other doctors. They are qualified to treat the full range of injuries and diseases across all ages of the population. They are often a patient’s first step for health concerns and will help patients coordinate care with other specialists when needed. The average family physician salary is $205,930 per year; the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $141,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $299,000.
Psychiatrists. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health. They are qualified to address both the physical and mental aspects of psychological problems and focus on preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental, behavioral, and emotional illness. There are many reasons individuals might choose to see a psychiatrist, and the demand for doctors in this specialty is expected to grow due to the pressures of the pandemic. The average Psychiatrist’s salary in the United States is $236,209 as of November 2021, but the range typically falls between $211,669 and $264,222.
Emergency Medicine Physicians. Emergency medicine doctors work primarily in hospital emergency rooms or urgent care facilities. They stabilize and treat patients who are injured or experiencing an acute illness. Once patients are stabilized, they are admitted to see other specialists or released from care. Emergency medicine specialists treat a variety of patients with all manner of health problems. The base salary for Emergency Medicine Physician ranges from $253,800 to $348,700 with the average base salary of $297,700.
Internal Medicine Physicians. An internal medicine specialist is another type of primary care doctor. However, unlike family physicians, internists primarily treat adults. After further training in pediatrics, some also choose to see children. Internal medicine doctors specialize in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. They offer care across a broad spectrum of illnesses and focus on preventative care and the overall wellbeing of their patients. The average internal medicine physician salary is $203,328 per year, or $97.75 per hour, in the United States. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $140,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $295,000.
Obstetricians/Gynecologists. An OB/Gyn specializes in women’s health. While obstetricians care for women before, during, and after pregnancy, gynecologists primarily treat conditions involving the female reproductive system. Many doctors combine the specialties, but some choose one or the other. OB/Gyns can perform a wide range of tests, sexual health screenings, and surgical procedures. OB/Gyn average salary is $204,855, median salary is $187,200 with a salary range from $160,000 to $311,000.