Occupational Physician (MD)
|Overview:||Occupational physicians treat illnesses and injuries incurred by employees during working hours. They assess health status of new hires of a company or persons returning to work after a serious health disorder. They examine the plant's work place to identify and eliminate hazards.|
|Duties:||They examine and treat injuries of employees that have occurred while working on their jobs. They determine whether the injured worker can continue working or requires further care.
They assess the health status of employees returning to work after an illness or disease. Determine if the workers can perform job duties full time or part time and if an illness is communicable.
They recommend changes of job duties that have been shown to cause injuries or result in worker's stress. They conduct studies to survey workers' opinions about job related illnesses and stress.
They design training programs to teach employees how to reduce and manage stress. They design employee counseling and rehabilitation programs for abusers of alcohol and drugs.
|Degree(s):||A.S. Health Sciences
A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)
|Job Outlook:||Employment of occupational physicians is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 because of continued expansion of healthcare-related industries. The growing and aging population will drive overall growth in the demand for physician services, as consumers continue to demand high levels of care using the latest technologies, diagnostic tests, and therapies.|
|Starting Salary:||The average annual starting salary in large corporations, physician groups and HMO's is about $110,000 per year. Experienced occupational physicians can earn over $170,000 per year.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$110,000 to $125,000|
|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 occupational physicians to be licensed. This involves graduation from a medical school (usually 4 years), passing an examination, and up to 7 years of "residency" graduate medical training in occupational medicine. The minimum educational requirement for acceptance to most medical schools is 3 years of college study.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
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 agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.