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SURGEONS Surgeons serve a fundamental role in our society and have an effect upon all lives. They diagnose illness and prescribe and administer treatment for people suffering from injury or disease.They examine patients, obtain medical histories,order,perform,and interpret diagnostic test.They counsel patients on diet,hygiene,and preventive health care.They discuss surgical procedures and examine patients to gather information on their medical condition and surgical.

Surgeons work long,irregular hours.About one-third of all full-time physicians work 60 hours or more a week.They must travel frequently between office and hospital to care for their patients. They practice in groups or health care organizations that provides back-up coverage. Their education, training, and work experience takes many years.

It takes 4 years of undergraduate school,4 years of medical school, and 3 to 8 years of internship and residency, depending on the specialty selected. To get this occupation you must complete undergraduate work in Physics,Biology, Mathematics, English, and Inorganic and Organic chemistry.

Surgeons make $100,920 average earnings and $48.25 average hourly earnings. Their annual earnings range for middle 50% of all the works in this occupation is $93,517 to over $125,000.Between the year 1996 and 2006 is expected to have a total of 19,661 annual job openings. The outlook is the employment change from 1996 to 2006 is estimated to be +30.9%