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Osteopathic Physicians examine patients, obtain medical histories, and order, perform and interpret diagnostic tests. They diagnose illnesses, and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease. Additionally, they counsel patients on diet, hygiene, and preventative health care. Osteopathic Physicians may work at hospitals or in private practice.

Educational Qualifications

Licensure requirements for Doctors of Osteopathy (D.O.’s) include graduation from an accredited 4-year osteopathic medical school, completion of a licensing examination, and between one and seven years of internship and residency. Although physicians licensed in one state may obtain a license to practice in another without further examination, some states do limit reciprocity.

Job Outlook

Employment is expected to grow faster than average through the year 2014.

Entering Salary

The national average is $69,960 and the average in California is $73,100. 

Entering Salary

Anesthesiologist assistants typically work a 40 hour week, with options for on-call, evening or weekend assignments. Salaries, scope of practice and job descriptions are identical to certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNA) when working within the Anesthesia Care Team. Starting salaries vary by region but typically range from $110,000 - $120,000

Career information adapted from:

  • U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2013). Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved from http://www.bls.gov/ooh

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