Treat diseases, injuries, and deformities by invasive, minimally-invasive, or non-invasive surgical methods, such as using instruments, appliances, or by manual manipulation. Increasingly, nutrition and other wellness-based practices are incorporated or primary approach.

A Typical Day

  • Follow established surgical techniques during the operation.
  • 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, or preparation and treatment of the patient's operative area.

Recommended Credentials

M.D. or D.O. and 3-7 years in residency.

Education & Training

Regional employers often hire graduates of these programs.


Northwest Lower Michigan


Northwestern Michigan College
Associates in Arts and Science degree

  • Transfer into a Bachelor's Degree in Science, Engineering, or desired pre-med focus area.

Explore This Career

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  • Job shadow a doctor.
  • Explore closely related careers at Northwest Education Services (formerly TBAISD) Allied Health

The Local Advantage Learning Pathway

Pathway 1

Take AP or advanced biology, chemistry, physics and coursework recommended for pre-college.

Pathway 2

NMC Arts and Sciences Associates and transfer to 4-year college for pre-med studies.

Pathway 3

Medical school, with internships and residency to become general practitioner or specialize


Sample Employers in Our Region

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Contact one of these companies and ask for an informational interview, to see if you can job shadow, or to find out if they hire interns.


Sample Job Titles...

  • Medical doctor
  • Osteopathic doctor
  • Surgeon
  • Holistic practice doctor
  • Family practice doctor

Hear It From The Pros

10-Year Job Growth Projections

10-County Region

Employed Regionally

In 2020

Wage Range & Median 10-County Region


Annual Hires Regionally

In 2020

Sample Career Pathways

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Diagram of Paths To and From Other Careers for Physician

Related Careers

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Real World Career Pathways

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