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Obstetrician (MD)

Overview: Obstetricians treat pregnant women and deliver their babies. During pregnancy they check the condition of the fetus by means of sound generated images, sample the placenta fluids. Advise diet changes and avoidance of drugs, alcohol, medications. Perform cesarean surgery.
Duties: They examine and treat pregnant women to sustain the health of the woman and her unborn fetus. Advise women of pre-natal care such as exercise, medication, diet and avoidance of drugs and alcohol.

They monitor the fetus development and check for abnormalities by means of ultra-sound images, taking samples of the placenta fluid and monitoring the fetus heart beat.

They determine whether the delivery of the baby will require any unusual procedures including the possibility of a Cesarean delivery. Advise the mother about labor signs and symptoms.

They make arrangements to admit the mother into the hospital for delivery, deliver the baby and administer post-delivery medical care to mother and baby.

Degree(s): A.S. Health Sciences 
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science) 
Job Outlook: Employment of obstetricians is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 because of continued expansion of healthcare and consumers’ demand for high level care. New technologies allow obstetricians to be more productive somewhat tempering growth. Midwives who can perform many of the routine duties of obstetricians at a fraction of the cost, may be increasingly used to save costs. Good opportunities are available in rural and low-income areas.
Salary Range (National Average): $115,000 to $130,000
Growth: Growth
Education Level: This occupation generally requires an advanced degree (e.g. Ph.D.). The typical commitment is a minimum of 3 years of study beyond a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree.
Additional Training/Education: All states require obstetricians to be licensed. Licensing involves graduation from a medical school (usually 4 years), passing an examination, and up to 7 years of "residency" graduate medical training in obstetrics. The minimum educational requirement for acceptance to most medical schools is 3 years of college study.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Using scientific methods to investigate and conduct experiments.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.