Physicians and surgeons diagnose and treat injuries or illnesses. Physicians examine patients; take medical histories; prescribe medications; and order, perform, and interpret diagnostic tests. They counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventive healthcare. Surgeons operate on patients to treat injuries, such as broken bones; diseases, such as cancerous tumors; and deformities, such as cleft palates.
- Education requirements: doctoral degree
- Soft skills: communication skills, compassion and detail oriented
- Average annual salary: Greater than or equal to $208,000
- 3 Pacific Northwest schools: Pacific University (Hillsboro, OR), Oregon Health and Science University (Portland, OR), University of Washington (Seattle, OR)
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