Physician / Doctor, Obstetrician Salary
Job Description for Physician / Doctor, Obstetrician
A physician/doctor, obstetrician is a specialist trained in the care of women in pregnancy and the delivery of children. This doctor typically will be fully trained in all areas of women's reproductive health. As such, many obstetricians serve as licensed gynecologists as well. In the primary role of obstetrician, however, he or she will be the guide for expectant mothers through childbirth and the time immediately following that.Read More...
Obstetricians are obviously primarily concerned with both the prenatal health of both pregnant mothers and their unborn children. Typically, a woman in pregnancy will schedule many visits throughout this time in her life to monitor prenatal development and health in the womb. The obstetrician will normally perform a variety of tests on both the growing fetus and the mother in order to assure the most healthy birth possible.
Obstetrics is a very involved specialty, and anyone interested in pursuing it should expect a rigorous education background that may include years of post-graduate instruction, residency, and internship. Obstetricians must also be licensed specifically to practice this specialty and must maintain all certifications in an up-to-date manner. These doctors need strong interpersonal skills and good bedside manner as well. Persons in this profession should expect long, occasionally irregular hours working in a hospital and clinical setting.
Physician / Doctor, Obstetrician Tasks
- Examine female patients for reproductive healthcare, particularly annual pelvic and breast exams.
- Document patient diagnoses and treatments with appropriate diagnostic codes.
- Suggest opportunities for improving fertility, reducing sexually transmitted diseases and preventative care.
- Perform fetal and mother healthcare, including ultrasounds, interventions, and delivery.
Common Career Paths for Physician / Doctor, Obstetrician
As Obstetricians make advancements in their career path, their salaries may not change right away. For example, the higher-level Obstetrician or Gynecologist position pays around the same amount as the Obstetrician job on average. Obstetricians most often move into positions as Obstetrician / Gynecologists or Obstetrician or Gynecologists. Obstetrician / Gynecologists actually earn $16K less on average, however, and Obstetrician or Gynecologists earn $31K less per year than Obstetricians do.
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Pay by Experience Level for Physician / Doctor, Obstetrician
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Large paychecks, which sit comfortably in the six-figure range, are handed out almost immediately; professionals who have less than five years' experience report earning a median of $195K per year. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $248K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $247K.