Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Health Science > Therapeutic Services

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Extensive Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Physicians who provide medical care related to pregnancy or childbirth and those who diagnose, treat, and help prevent diseases of women, particularly those affecting the reproductive system. May also provide general medical care to women.

Common job titles of Obstetricians and Gynecologists 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.

  • 57.41% said they needed a Doctoral Degree.

  • 39.47% said they needed a Post-Doctoral Training.


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

    Care for and treat women during prenatal, natal, and postnatal periods.

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

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

    Analyze records, reports, test results, or examination information to diagnose medical condition of patient.

    Treat diseases of female organs.

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

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

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

    Consult with or provide consulting services to other physicians.

    Refer patient to medical specialist or other practitioner when necessary.

    Perform cesarean sections or other surgical procedures as needed to preserve patients' health and deliver babies safely.

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

    Plan, implement, or administer health programs in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention and treatment of injuries or illnesses.

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


Vaginal ultrasound probes

Vaginal exam specula

Vacuum extractors

Uterine sounds

Uterine scissors

Uterine retractors

Uterine manipulators

All Tools

Uterine forceps

Uterine dilators

Uterine depressors

Uterine curettes

Umbilical cord scissors

Ultrasound imaging scanners

Ultrasound bone density scanners

Towel clamps


Tissue forceps

Tablet computers

Suture scissors

Suture needles

Surgical staple removers

Surgical scalpels

Surgical robots

Surgical probes

Surgical microscopes

Surgical gloves

Surgical drapes

Suction machines

Straight needle holders

Sponge forceps

Serrefine clamps

Richardson retractors

Pulse oximeters

Protective face shields

Placenta forceps

Personal digital assistants PDA

Personal computers


Patient airways

Oxygen administration equipment

Ovum forceps



Obstetrical forceps

Neurological hammers

Neonatal airways

Mosquito hemostats

Microscope slides



Metzenbaum scissors

Medical staplers

Medical masks

Medical lasers

Mechanical stethoscopes

Mayo stands

Mayo scissors

Manual blood pressure units

Magill forceps


Laptop computers


Laboratory specimen containers

Kocher forceps

Kelly clamps

Intravenous IV equipment

Intrauterine catheters

Infant warmers

Infant oxygen masks


Fetal monitors

Fetal doppler units

Fallopian tube forceps

Evacuated blood collection tubes

Episiotomy scissors

Electrosurgery units

Electronic stethoscopes

Electronic blood pressure units

Electrocardiography EKG machines

Desktop computers

Debakey forceps

Curved needle holders

Cryosurgical units

Cord clamps


Cervical retractors

Cauterizing equipment

Blood collection syringes

Bipolar electrosurgical forceps

Bandage scissors

Baby scales

Babcock forceps

Automated external defibrillators AED

Allis forceps

Adson forceps


MEDITECH software

Acrendo Medical Software Ob/Gyn EMR

Allscripts Professional EHR

Alteer Premiere

AS Software AS-OBGYN

Bizmatics PrognoCIS EMR

ChartWare EMR

All Technologies

Computer Systems Company R4 ACERT

digiChart OB-GYN

e-MDs software


Greenway Medical Technologies PrimeSUITE

MedcomSoft Record

Medical procedure coding software

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.

Reading Comprehension

Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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.


Talking to others to convey information effectively.


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


Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

Active Learning

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

Complex Problem Solving

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

Judgment and Decision Making

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


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

Service Orientation

Actively looking for ways to help people.

Social Perceptiveness

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


Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

Time Management

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

Learning Strategies

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

Management of Personnel Resources

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


Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.


Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.


Teaching others how to do something.

Systems Analysis

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

Systems Evaluation

Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.


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

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

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

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

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

See details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

Sensory Abilities › Visual Abilities › Near Vision

Identify and understand the speech of another person.

Auditory and Speech Abilities › Sensory Abilities › Speech Recognition

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Occupation Sections


Medicine and Dentistry

Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

English Language

Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.


Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

Administration and Management

Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Personnel and Human Resources

Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.


Knowledge of the chemical composition, structure, and properties of substances and of the chemical processes and transformations that they undergo. This includes uses of chemicals and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Economics and Accounting

Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

Law and Government

Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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