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$130,187 and up
Doctorate; 4-year residency; state-issued license required
Physicians diagnose illnesses, prescribe and administer treatment for injury or disease, and counsel patients on preventative health care. They practice general and family medicine, general internal medicine, or general pediatrics and usually are the first health professionals patients consult. Primary care physicians tend to see the same patients on a regular basis for preventive care and to treat a variety of ailments.
Physicians work in small private offices, clinics and hospitals as solo or group practitioners.
Physicians are required to earn their doctorate and spend an additional four years in residency. They are licensed by the State of California Board of Medicine.