Family Practitioners

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Faster than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Physicians who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases and injuries that commonly occur in the general population. May refer patients to specialists when needed for further diagnosis or treatment.

Common job titles of Family Practitioners include:

Experience and Education

Extensive skill, knowledge, and experience are needed for these occupations. Many require more than five years of experience. For example, surgeons must complete four years of college and an additional five to seven years of specialized medical training to be able to do their job.

  • 65.44% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

  • 31.08% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.


    Monitor patients' conditions and progress and reevaluate treatments as necessary.

    Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, or examination results.

    Refer patients to medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary.

    Advise patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.

    Explain procedures and discuss test results or prescribed treatments with patients.

    Order, perform, and interpret tests and analyze records, reports, and examination information to diagnose patients' condition.

    Prescribe or administer treatment, therapy, medication, vaccination, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury.

    Coordinate work with nurses, social workers, rehabilitation therapists, pharmacists, psychologists, and other health care providers.

    Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.

    Operate on patients to remove, repair, or improve functioning of diseased or injured body parts and systems.

    Deliver babies.

    Prepare government or organizational reports which include birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or medical status of individuals.

    Plan, implement, or administer health programs or standards in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention or treatment of injury or illness.

    Train residents, medical students, and other health care professionals.

    Conduct research to study anatomy and develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures to prevent or control disease or injury.


Vision screeners

Valve mask resuscitators

Vaginal exam specula

Vacuum extractors

Umbilical cord scissors

Ultrasound imaging scanners

Ultrasound bone density scanners

All Tools


Tablet computers

Suture scissors

Suture removers

Suture needles

Suture forceps

Surgical scalpels

Surgical gloves

Suction machines

Suction catheters

Splinter forceps


Snellen eye charts

Pulse oximeters

Protective face shields

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers

Patient airways

Oxygen masks

Oxygen administration equipment


Orthopedic splints


Operating scissors

Neurological hammers

Neonatal resuscitation masks

Neonatal airways

Nasogastric tubes

Mosquito clamps

Microscope slides

Medical tuning forks

Medical masks

Medical lasers

Medical examination protective gloves

Mechanical stethoscopes

Manual blood pressure units


Laptop computers

Laboratory specimen containers

Intravenous IV equipment

Infant warmers

Holter monitors


Fetal monitors

Fetal doppler units

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Episiotomy scissors

Electrosurgery units

Electronic stethoscopes

Electronic blood pressure units

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Ear forceps

Ear curettes

Dressing forceps

Dictation equipment

Desktop computers

Dermal curettes

Cryosurgical units

Cord clamps


Cervical collars

Blood collection syringes

Baby scales

Automated external defibrillators AED

Auditory testing equipment


Adult Magill forceps


MEDITECH software

Acrendo Medical Software Family Practice EMR

Allscripts Professional EHR

Billing software

Brickell Research Brickell Medical Office

ChartWare EMR

e-MDs software

All Technologies

e-MDs topsE&M Coder


Epocrates Essentials

Greenway Health PrimeSuite

MedcomSoft Record

Medical procedure coding software

Medical reference software


Misys Healthcare Systems Mysis Tiger

Practice Partner Total Practice Partner

Scheduling software



Critical Thinking

Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Active Listening

Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Judgment and Decision Making

Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.


Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Complex Problem Solving

Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.


Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

Social Perceptiveness

Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Active Learning

Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Time Management

Managing one's own time and the time of others.


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Learning Strategies

Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.


Teaching others how to do something.


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

Systems Analysis

Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Management of Personnel Resources

Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.


Tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Problem Sensitivity

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Inductive Reasoning

Apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Cognitive Abilities › Idea Generation and Reasoning Abilities › Deductive Reasoning

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

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